Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Most Expensive Bed: Savoir Beds breaks Guinness world record (VIDEO)
NEW YORK, USA -- In honor of Queen Elizabeth's 60th coronation anniversary, the mattress company Savoir is making sixty editions of the "The Royal State Bed'; unveiled in New York City, it takes 700 hours of labor to make and at $175,000 it sets the new world record for the Most Expensive Bed,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: In honor of Queen Elizabeth's 60th coronation anniversary, the mattress company Savoir is making sixty editions of the world's most expensive bed. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the largest bed measures 26.5 m (86 ft 11 in) long, 16.44 m (53 ft 11 in) wide and was created by Commissie Zomerfeesten St Gregorius Hertme (Netherlands) in Hertme, the Netherlands.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most people eating breakfast in bed is 289 and was achieved by Priceline and Women's Health (Australia) in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
"We wanted to create the very best," said Alistair Hughes, managing director of Savoir Beds.
"It's inspired by the beds of the 16- and 1700s of the British royal family. At that time, the bed was the center of everything. If you wanted to see the king you had to come to the bedroom. The bed was sort of like the throne. It was the only thing other than the throne you had to bow at."
The box spring and mattress is made of Latin American horse tail, Mongolian cashmere and enough specially woven silk to be strung from New York to Miami and almost halfway back again. That's not what most beds are made from. Not even close. You're probably sleeping on foam.
"Foam isn't good because it holds the body heat and you get too hot in bed," said Jonathan Mason, master craftsman with Savoir Beds. "Horse hair regulates your body temperature by drawing the heat out of you."
Here's the breakdown of Savoir's $175,000 bed:
* 1,600 miles of silk for the embroidered canopy roof
* 110 pounds of curled horse tail for the mattress and toppers
* 22 pounds of cashmere in the mattress and toppers
* 600 man-hours spent handcrafting the bed
* 100 man-hours spent embroidering the headboard and crest
* 16 weeks from order to delivery
* 25-year lifespan of mattress and box spring
* 60 Royal Beds being made total
Only 60 of the beds will be made, a nod the 60th anniversary of the queen's coronation.
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