- Hästens ABC Carpet & Home
888 Broadway, at 19th St,; 212-473-3000, ext. 341
A high-end mattress is something like a bespoke suit: handmade from the best available materials and designed to last almost a lifetime. Hästens, the stuff of dreams, is a 150-year-old Swedish company that set up shop on the upper mezzanine level of ABC Carpet & Home last year. The mattresses here have no foam, rubber, or latex; they’re stuffed with horsehair, flax, and lamb’s wool, covered in hand-tufted cotton, and finished with a salt-based fire retardant. This makes for what the company calls a “cool, dry bed,” and what anyone who’s slept on one calls heaven. Pillow-top mattresses cost $420 and up; sets start at $2,900. Queen- and king-size mattresses are available for immediate delivery; custom-orders take about ten weeks.
Best Handmade Mattreses
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).