Artisan Bespoke

Our firmest 100% natural fibre mattress providing a medium support with firmer feeling top layers for those wanting a firmer feel. Completely tailored calico pocket springs for your body weight.

1600Calico Pocket Springs
100%Natural Fibre
10 YearGuarantee

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The firmness of the mattress you desire is determined by a few factors. Your weight and height, and the mattress of your choice. The upholstery layers are the very top comfort layers and give different degrees of firmness alongside the spring unit which should be chosen based on your weight.


Spring tension chart

Under 8st 8–11st 11–13st 13–15st 15–17st 17–19st
5'–5'3" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Firm Firm
5'3"–5'6" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Firm Firm
5'6"–5'9" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Firm Firm
5'9"–6' Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Medium Firm
6'–6'3" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Medium Firm
6'3"–6'6" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Medium Firm


It’s no use being coy about this. Our Artisan Bespoke is based quite clearly on the build quality of many of Vi Spring and Savoir models. We state quite openly that our Artisan Bespoke is “The best mattress your money can buy”. .. And the following is our reasoning. ..

To present our case, our Artisan Bespoke is described and detailed to the extreme in order to give you all the initial information you need to make an educated and informed comparison.

The closest comparable model we can find to our Artisan Bespoke is the Vi-Spring Herald Superb. It carries a retail price of £2670 [King] [Nov 2014]. We always try as best we can to base our comparable models to about half the lowest price we can find.

This model has a 10 year guarantee.


Despite some very misleading descriptions on the internet, there aren’t many manufactures who utilise actual Calico Pocket Springs in their mattresses. The most prominent manufacturers whom we know of are of course ViSpring and Savoir Beds.

Artisan Bespoke [Kingsize] 1600 Calico encased Pocket Springs [49mm] [1.28mm] Sewn in individual calico pockets and hand-formed into a honeycomb-nested unit.

Vi-Spring Herald Superb [King] 1476 Calico encased Pocket Springs [Diam: 51mm] [Gauge: 1.42mm] Sewn in individual calico pockets and hand-formed into a honeycomb-nested unit.

We are also able to offer Soft, Medium or Firm spring tensions dependant on your weight requirements. We can also offer your mattress to be made with dual spring tensions for people of differing bodyweights.

We also zone the perimeter sides (2 rows) of the mattress with a slightly firmer spring to aid the edge support. This stabilises the mattress when sitting on the edge.

Upholstery Layers & Comparison

The combined upholstery weight by GSM [Grams per Square Metre] in a mattress is a good indicator of who is giving you more upholstery for your money. Of course the upholstery has to be similar by quality so once you know the overall weight you then have to break that down further by component.  The Bespoke has three rows of Genuine hand side stitching. 8 padded turning handles on the KS.

The mattress has been traditionally hand tufted with woollen tufts.  This mattress is covered in our white woven 100% Viscose with subtle John Ryan design.

Artisan Bespoke: Combined Upholstery Weight 5100 gsm

Vi-spring Herald Superb: Combined Upholstery Weight: 3400 gsm

Our Artisan Bespoke has 1700 gsm MORE Upholstery than the Vi-Spring Herald Superb: To put this into some sort of perspective, the top of range Vi-Spring Magnificence utilises a combined upholstery weight of 3710 gsm.


 John Ryan By Design Artisan BespokeVi-Spring Herald Superb
Total GSM5100gsm3400gsm
1500gsm British Wool1200gsm Blended British Fleece Wool & Cotton
21200gsm Blended British Fleece Wool and CottonNA
3Hairproof Cambric CoverHairproof Cambric Cover
41200gsm Pure Horsetail NA
51200gsm Horsehair1200gsm Horsehair
61000 gsm White Cashmere Insulator1000gsm British Fleece Wool
71600 Calico encased Pocket Springs [49mm] [1.28mm] 1476 Calico encased Pocket Springs [51mm] [Gauge: 1.42mm]

How it will feel

This is the firmest feel of our Artisan mattress range.

We can also accommodate people of differing bodyweights. In this instance we can have your mattress made with Dual Tension springs e.g: Half the mattress with soft tension springs and half the mattress with medium tension springs. Likewise, Half Medium and Half Firm.

We are also able to offer Soft, Medium or Firm springs dependent on your weight requirements.

BodyweightSpring tension
Upto 8 Stone / 50kgSoft
8-16 Stone / 50-101kgMedium
16 Stone / 101kg UpwardsFirm


Our John Ryan Pocket Sprung Edge Artisan bases are 13″ in depth plus 2″ for Shepherd Castors making them 15″ in total. This is a ‘true edge’ base.

If drawers are added then the base height will be 13″ plus 2″ for Shepherd castors making 15″ in total.

Spring edging can be looked upon as a mini mattress between the main mattress and the base. It offers a progressive support that dampens the strain of weight from the user. This significantly improves the overall comfort level of a mattress. This difference in comfort is often described as ‘Softer’ which is quite an incorrect term to use.

The drawers on the Artisan bases are 32″ wide, 20″ deep and 9″ high.

You can have 2 or 4 drawer options. If using bedside tables you may want to have 2 full size and 2 continental drawers so the drawers next to the bedside tables can be opened fully.

Continental drawers will have the same depth and height as the normal, but width will be 17.5 inches. To find out more such as the sizes and splits that Divans come in please read more here.

A base with 0 drawers

No drawers

A base with 2 drawers

2 full drawers

A small base with 4 drawers

2 half & 2 full drawers

A large base with 4 drawers

4 full drawers


We have placed our reputation firmly and squarely on the line here by giving you a direct price comparison to The Herald Superb, a high end mattress from Vi-Spring, a manufacturer of worth, retailing for around £2670 (King).

We say that our Artisan Bespoke can be seen as a better buy for quality of build [our mattress has 1700 GSM more filling than this particular Vi Spring model] In addition our retail price is significantly less.

To do this we had to be entirely sure that our mattress is not only comparable but actually supersedes The Chatsworth. It must be understood that this is not a direct copy. Our Artisan Bespoke uses considerably more of the same core premium ingredients – Horsehair, Horsetail, Cashmere, Wool and Cotton – at weights and composition that fundamentally creates a superbly comfortable “alternative” but for around half the price.

As further evidence of the quality of our spring unit – we equate the quality of our calico encased springs to Savoir Beds [The UK’s premium mattress manufacturer and direct competitor to Vi-Spring]

As a final testament to the quality of this mattress, all you have to do to see if there is anything better out there, is go to any high end retailer armed with the information above [component and weights] and see what your money can get you. John and Ryan.


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