Multibends

Biography

“We are especially proud to be involved in the Admiralty Arch project because it will be part of the future history for the nation. The fact that the building will be open to the public makes the restoration even more interesting and special.”

Robin Gowland, Chairman

In 1934, Frederick David Lee opened a small bedding factory in Vauxhall, London. Looking for a name for his products he chose “Golden Slumber” as it was his favourite song. Although there was a recession at the time, the firm was a success. Just before World War II he moved to the Elephant & Castle, to bigger premises. During the war the firm made bedding for the Royal Air Force, and renovated bomb-damaged beds and furniture. After the war the firm produced utility beds, until they could enjoy the boom of design freedom.

Noting that the retail trade was forming into large groups, and so causing the failure of many small bedding companies, Golden Slumber bought ‘Multibends’, which produced wood bends.