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Dhiram Shah | Updated on January 20, 2018
Fit for a king: The Hasten’s Vividus bed is made entirely by hand and requires close to 320 hours of workmanship

Fit for a king: The Hasten’s Vividus bed is made entirely by hand and requires close to 320 hours of workmanship

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The ultimate good night’s sleep can be had on the world’s most coveted bed and it comes with a ₹1 crore price tag. But it’s worth much more, isn’t it?

Since 1852, and now in their sixth generation, the family-run Hästens has designed and delivered beds loved by royalty and celebrities alike. Recently, the Swedish company decided to up the ante by designing what it claims is the most luxurious bed in the world. Crafted from the ‘finest materials’ by the ‘most skilled workmen’, the Vividus — also termed as the ‘Rolls Royce of beds’ — is designed with one sole purpose: to make you sleep like a baby.

From its price, one would assume the bed is made using diamond nails, platinum springs, 24-carat pure gold and fine silk threads sourced from the hidden lair of an Oriental emperor. In reality, the company uses hand-sewn layers of horsehair and cotton, and redwood pine bed frame from north Sweden.

The foundation of the Vividus frame is made of high-quality pine-wood sourced from “the slow, naturally growing Swedish forests”. Instead of screws and nails the frames are held together using dovetail joinery. The legs are made of oiled oak, another traditional material used by Swedish craftsmen for centuries. The inside of the frame is lined with flax (used between the springs to ensure that they do not come into contact with the timber) and then the Vividus’s bottom-section Bonell spring system is ‘hand-tied’ and put into place… again, as per an age-old tradition.

The base is covered with a quilted cotton fabric which is fixed to the frame and covered by a decorative strip of oak, framing the Vividus’s bottom-section. The mattress consists of a blend of horsehair, cotton and wool — these, apparently, are what it takes to ensure you have the “best in luxurious sleep like none other”.

The entire process, in which an artisan invests close to 320 hours, is overseen by the Hästens master craftsman Jan Erik Leander. Each of these beds is sealed with a personalised engraved brass plaque which signifies that “the unique bed has been made especially for you”.

A good night’s sleep is priceless, but if you want to have it on a Vividus bed, it will cost you a crore. And yes, this is just the starting price.

The Vividus is available to buy online at www.hastens.com or at company stores.

Dhiram Shah is the Mumbai-based founder of Luxurylaunches.com

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