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The craft of mak­ing Rosshaar­ma­tratzen, horse­hair mat­tresses, has been in Swiss ar­ti­san Daniel Heer’s fam­ily since 1907, when his great-grand­fa­ther Benedikt Heer opened a sad­dlery in Lucerne, Switzer­land. Four gen­er­a­tions on, con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion passed down to him from his fa­ther, Daniel Heer is still mak­ing the orig­i­nal horse­hair mat­tresses at Man­u­fak­tur HEER in Ber­lin. Through the ap­pli­ca­tion of sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als and mod­ern de­sign sen­si­bil­ity, Heer has also made his fam­ily’s heir­loom crafts­man­ship his own with lines of gen­uine leather­works and be­spoke horse­hair mat­tresses. Heer opened his store in Ber­lin in 2012 with the goal of ex­pos­ing his fam­ily’s prac­tice to the world. He is also fo­cused on teach­ing young en­thu­si­asts about the art of tra­di­tional mat­tress mak­ing.

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