Hästens makes furniture debut

Swedish sleep specialist Hästens unveils its inaugural collection of furniture, designed by Bernadotte & Kylberg and featuring benches and nightstands with graphic intarsia motifs

Left, a detail of the walnut bench showing a brass leg and abstract geometric intarsia. Right, next to a bed with white and cream bedlinen is a tall and slim bedside table in walnut with a vase and green hydrangea
The bench and bedside table from the ‘Marwari’ collection, part of the Hästens furniture debut
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Hästens is known globally as one of the best makers of exquisite beds, but now the Swedish company has made its first foray into furniture, with a series of storage benches and nightstands by design duo Bernadotte & Kylberg. Produced in collaboration with furniture workshop Tre Sekel, the collection draws inspiration from Hästens’ distinctive white and blue chequered motif, rendered on the wooden furniture through hand-laid ash and walnut intarsia patterns.

Hästens furniture by Bernadotte & Kylberg

A bench featuring abstract checkered inlaid motif in ash wood, shown under a white painting

The ‘Appaloosa’ bench in ash wood

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This is the Swedish duo’s second collaboration with Hästens, following a 2017 collection of two bed designs, dubbed ‘Appaloosa’ and ‘Marwari’, which abstracted the luxury bedmaker’s blue check through the lens of cubism. ‘Our departure point was what we most associate with Hästens: a total unwillingness to compromise when it comes to quality and detail,’ says designer Oscar Kylberg. ‘Design is so much more than colour and shape. It is also about sustainability – creating timeless products of high quality in a well thought-out way.’

Detail shot showing a corner of a bedside table made of walnut and featuring an intarsia patterned motif

Detail of the hand-laid walnut intarsia patterns on the ‘Marwari’ bench

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Each piece follows Hästens’ own commitment to quality in design and manufacturing. The bench features a soft-closing lid concealing generous storage and a divided drawer that glides sideways for practical access. Slim and smart, the bedside table is a compact storage piece featuring a soft-closing door and a drawer. Each piece is available in ash (‘Appaloosa’) and walnut (‘Marwari’), and the collection’s distinctive motifs are enriched by a special attention to detail, such as drawers that are hand-fitted with visible dovetail joints and lined in leather.

‘Our relationship with Hästens is based on mutual respect and acceptance of each other's wishes and thoughts,’ adds Kylberg. ‘Creating the furniture allowed us the opportunity to work with the pattern we made for Hästens in a new way – it’s always exciting to get to work with new forms.’



Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.