Cra­dles of Com­fort

Herald­ing a cen­tury of com­fort, Vis­pring mas­ter crafts­man Matthew Evans shares on the process of crafts­man­ship

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Sleep doesn’t just end a day, but pre­pares for the next one, too. As such, where one sleeps on goes a long way in op­ti­mal well­ness. In help­ing his wife re­cover from ill­ness, en­gi­neer James Mar­shall took the need for sleep to heart when he patented the nested spring mat­tress in 1901. From this, Vis­pring be­spoke beds were es­tab­lished as a mar­que of com­fort.

To­day, mas­ter crafts­man Matthew Evans demon­strates that Vis­pring’s ex­perts con­tinue to cre­ate and craft mat­tresses to suit the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of in­di­vid­ual clients from per­sonal quirks to long­stand­ing habits. Honoured with the pa­tron­age of no less than the Bri­tish Royal Fam­ily, Vis­pring now brings re­gal com­fort to the Philip­pines through its ex­clu­sive part­ner­ship with Luxeroom.

IN GOOD HANDS

In the midst of hand-fin­ish­ing his lat­est mat­tress, Evans runs us through the process. For 20 years, Evans has learned ev­ery process in cre­at­ing these fine beds where each mat­tress is es­pe­cially de­signed around each user’s needs, meet­ing those seek­ing a softer feel as well as those who find com­fort in tougher, firmer beds.

Through­out craft­ing, a ded­i­cated team aids Evans from nest­ing to stitch­ing. The heart of each mat­tress lies in care­ful at­ten­tion to de­tail and in­no­va­tion. Be­fore Vis­pring beds, chairs and di­vans utilised spring pock­ets for the dual pur­pose of main­tain­ing form while pro­vid­ing sup­port and com­fort. Re­al­iz­ing the ad­van­tage of this spring set-up in­spired the first cus­tom-built bed. This de­sign was pro­moted in Eng­land by Vis­pring’s founders even when oth­ers shunned the in­no­va­tion. This would even­tu­ally ex­clu­sively equate Vis­pring with lux­ury and com­fort through com­ing decades.

This sig­na­ture com­fort starts with spe­cialised com­pres­sion springs. Each one is coiled six times to strike the chord of op­ti­mal pitch be­tween dura­bil­ity and com­fort, and is nested into pock­ets en­closed in Cot­ton Cal­ico. One may choose from 80 spring com­bi­na­tions mak­ing softer or firmer beds. As Evans gives the mat­tress a con­fi­dent pat, he adds that each spring nest acts in­de­pen­dently, ad­just­ing to any sleep­ing po­si­tion, con­tour­ing the mat­tress as a whole to the per­son’s body.

Down the line, we meet an­other crafts­man work­ing on an­other key el­e­ment: the mat­tress edge side stitch­ing. Without re­ly­ing on steel, Evans ex­plains, each mat­tress edge main­tains “a ro­bust strength without com­pro­mis­ing com­fort.” De­signed with ven­ti­la­tion in mind, it fea­tures client-spec­i­fied ma­te­ri­als that hold mois­ture as well as spa­ces be­tween nests and stitch­ing made so that mois­ture evap­o­rates at day­time, re­duc­ing the need to keep wash­ing the mat­tress thus pro­long­ing its life.

A GUILD OF EX­CEL­LENCE

Vis­pring com­bines ef­fi­cient, qual­ity con­trolled mea­sures af­forded by mod­ern pro­duc­tion lines and old-fash­ioned hand­made crafts­man­ship. While ma­chines han­dle more repet­i­tive as­pects such as spring coil­ing, many skilled hands go into the mak­ing of each mat­tress, from the spring nesters to edge stitch­ers as each team is guided by the ex­pert eyes and hands of Vis­pring’s mas­ter crafts­men, who take five in­ten­sive years of train­ing to earn the ti­tle. Ul­ti­mately, “ev­ery­one in Vis­pring is their own crafts­man,” con­cludes Evans.

Clients may tai­lor their bed’s fin­ish­ing touches from nat­u­ral fi­bres rang­ing from silk or cot­ton to horse­tail or wool, all eth­i­cally and sus­tain­ably sourced from the best grow­ing lo­ca­tions the world over. Now in the Philip­pines, Vis­pring be­spoke beds are made-to-or­der and ex­clu­sively avail­able with ac­com­pa­ny­ing ac­ces­sories such as di­vans and du­vets along­side a wide se­lec­tion of pre­mium home sup­plies at Luxeroom.

TOP Side-stitch­ing the mat­tress edge

INSET The seal and ac­cre­da­tion of the Queen of Eng­land

BE­LOW Hand-sewn nests and fab­ric

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