Founded in 1852 by Pehr Adolf Janson as a master saddler business, Hästens today is specialized in beds, bedlinen, pillows and lifestyle accessories. In the days, master saddlers were also makers of mattresses, since horsetail hair was an essential material for the pads that went into the carriage. Pehr Adolf’s grandson, David Janson, shifted their focus in the early 1900s from making saddles to making beds.
The business of making beds took off and they were soon making more beds than saddles. By 1952, Hästens became the official bedding supplier of Sweden’s royal court. In its factory in Sweden, Hästens manufacture their beds and mattresses by hand using natural materials like cotton, horse hair, wool and flax. In 1978, Jack Ryde designed Hästens’ blue check pattern that was presented for a furniture trade fair. The blue check pattern is now a registered trademark for Hästens beds.
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