Hästens blue check was created in 1978 by our own Jack Ryde, father of current owner and executive chairman, Jan Ryde. He was fascinated by arts and design and set out to draft a fresh, distinctive pattern (in a fabric of highest quality) to represent the brand. When his blue check was introduced at a furniture trade fair in Sweden it drew criticism from journalists who, at the time, believed this eye-catching design was at odds with the trend for shades of brown, green and orange. The blue and white checkered Hästens upholstery was unlike anything ever seen on a bed before. Today we know that developing blue check was a wise decision; and it's a design which has grown to define Hästens.