Friday, 20 November 2015

Syon Park: New Photoshoot!

The stunning view of Syon Park
We were really excited to visit Syon House this week to photograph three stunning new bed designs. Syon House is the spectacular London home of the Duke of Northumberland.  The house was built in the sixteenth century on the site of the Medieval Syon Abbey, and came to the family of the present owners in 1594!

In very different bed styles and colours, we are excited to show you the finished photographs, but for now, take a look at the shoot's stunning backdrop...

Getting ready to shoot in Syon Park's Long Gallery 
As the building is Grade 2 listed, we had to be very careful when we were shooting! This also meant we had to steam bed sheets in the original servants quarters!

The bells that were originally used to alert the servants! 

What is great about this location - is that each of the rooms we chose are very different - and very striking. We photographed our beds in three separate rooms, all of which you can see below. The Print Room, the Long Gallery and the Grand Hall. 

The Print Room 
As you can see - we also shot in the Long Gallery
We also shot within the grandeur of the Grand Hall 

We can't wait to share the final results from this photoshoot - but in the meantime, which room do you think is most striking? Tweet us your thoughts @SavoirBeds1905!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Savoir Beds Dealer Conference 2015

We were so pleased to see so many of our fabulous dealers at this year’s Savoir Beds Dealer Conference. The Dealer Conference is a great chance for us to spend some time with our international dealers and also a great time for them to learn even more about Savoir!

Peter Robinson demonstrates the art of resting on a Savoir Bed!

Professor Jim Horne during his talk on sleep 

The first day took place in London’s Museum of Brands, the group enjoyed talks from sleep expert, Jim Horne and David McClements, who delivered a fantastic motivational talk. 

Veronica from our New York showroom chats to Jim Horne after his talk 

On the second day of the conference, the dealers were welcomed at our London bedworks, where they enjoyed a tour, and different sessions with the Head Office team! 

Our Head Designer, Mandeep, shows the dealers how to dress a Savoir bed 

The delivery team demonstrate a 'white glove' delivery 

Thanks to River and Peter from our Taipai showroom, Peter from the Shanghai showroom, Lutz from our Dusseldorf showroom, Laila from the Paris showroom, Veronica and Erik from the New York showroom, Ramon and Peter and all the amazing Savoir staff who helped make the conference happen – we are so glad everybody enjoyed the trip!  

Friday, 6 November 2015

Craftsman profile: TJ Brown

TJ Brown began his career as a seamstress of sorts creating clothing - everything from trousers to dresses to hats to shoes - for friends and family who had admired his own hand sewn style.

Upgrading from his mother’s sewing machine to a full time position in a textile cutting room in London, TJ honed his skills in both needlework and construction. While working in the cutting room, Brown was approached by Alistair Hughes, the Managing Director of Savoir Beds, as Alistair noticed his unmatched skill, to see whether he would be willing to translate his expertise in fabrication to bed making.

TJ shows a guest his mattress making skills
Often found in a well-made suit with an antique pocket watch at the ready, TJ is never far from a needle and thread in the Savoir Bedworks. Brown has evolved with the company, seeing it grow from seven employees to now, over 80, and he cites Savoir’s family atmosphere as one of his favorite parts of his job.

Demonstrating side-stitching
When TJ started at Savoir Beds in 2000, he was responsible solely for crafting mattress springs. He then quickly advanced to creating bed bases to finally making from start to finish the world’s finest mattresses.

TJ at Walpole Press Day
TJ’s eye for fashion and textiles has always allowed him to approach bed making like a tailor, understanding that he was creating a bed that was to be the perfect fit for a single client. After working over 15 years at Savoir, TJ has been afforded the most prestigious of projects for the brand, including creating the mattress for its highest-end Royal Bed, which retails for over £125,000.