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A pillow costing almost $60,000 is being launched in Dubai



What’s the key to a good night’s sleep? A dark room? Having the A/C set to the perfect temperature? Turning your phone off? Pah! Not if you’re rich.

Apparently those who have AED210,000 ($57,000) dollars to spend on a pillow can unlock the real secret.

A physical therapist turned inventor has created a gold-encrusted pillow which he claims is the ultimate sleep-aid. Thijs van der Hilst used 3D scanners, printers, a complex mathematical algorithm, Mulberry silk, Egyptian cotton and a splash of 24 carat gold to create it. Those who buy one will have a dedicated team of craftsmen to hand-stitch their pillow so that its perfectly moulded to the shape of their head, neck and shoulders.

He said: “As a cervical specialist I used to advise my patients to buy a good pillow. But what is the best pillow for which patient, I asked myself. If there are three sizes of pillows available, which one would fit the best? As our feet are all different, so are our shoulder heights and neck lengths. And the sleeping position varies person to person. Everyone is unique – so the pillow should be too.

“With our portable scanner, we offer 3D scans for clients around the world. Once we have the scan, we use our in-house algorithm to calculate and draw the right pillow. This 3D drawing is then imported into our robotic milling machine which makes the pillow out of non-toxic Dutch memory foam.

“Once the core of the pillow is ready, our craftsmen create a precisely fitting cover made out of 24 carat gold to block all radiation during the night, ensuring the most healthy sleep environment for the user.”

Okay, so that’s the science-stuff. “But why is it AED210,000?” we hear you ask. Both sides are covered in golden fabric, the zipper has four diamond studs on it as well as a huge 22.5 carat sapphire, and it has a custom Louis Vuitton travel case. We’re not sure how all that will make you sleep better, but we guess that resting your head on a metaphorical bed of money must be quite comforting.

The Tailormade Pillow will be revealed at INDEX – the Middle East’s biggest annual interior design show – which takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from May 22 to 27. Just in case you read this and thought that a pillow made of gold and diamonds is exactly what’s missing in your life.

Regardless of whether you can afford one or not… we bet you’re keen to try it.

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