Inova was founded in 2001 by Loren Sherman, to manufacture and sell his patented Inova TableBed, which was an idea he designed to improve the quality of life in his small NYC apartment. The company has since evolved to offer a large array of multi-functional furniture solutions for many different markets and recently expanded into a 40,000 sq. ft. production and office facility, home to our 45 team members.
We are proud to be part of the classic American dream. The story of an idea that starts in a garage, with a little ingenuity, some follow-through and lots of commitment, which grows into an enterprise serving a larger community. Our products continue to carry that Made in America label, as well as a spirit of invention and practicality.
We have grown with the great help of the lean manufacturing principles, including focusing on continuous learning and improvement, respecting ourselves and each other, and correcting wasteful processes. We consider this philosophy a great guide in creating a place of employment that continues to evolve towards a community of people who are as useful to themselves, our vendors, and our clients, as possible.
A Little More Background
Loren was a theatrical set designer in Manhattan for over 20 years. His sets were known for surprising transformations between scenes. On a large scale, he designed sets for Shogun, the Musical, on Broadway, which had 37 scene changes. On a smaller scale, for an Off-Broadway living room set, he designed a sofa-bed which unfolded in front of the audience’s eyes, with two people already in it.
In 2000, Loren moved into a new apartment in New York City with his two children. He wanted them to have their own bedrooms but in order to make that happen, he would have to place a store-bought Murphy bed in the living room, which would convert to his bedroom at night, and move the dining table to the hallway. On the morning that the Murphy bed was set to arrive, he thought “I want to have my dining table and my bed on the same footprint in this room: there must be a way to make that happen.” He made a quick model of one design approach out of foam board and scotch tape and was so inspired, he immediately canceled the Murphy bed delivery. Months later, after building the first TableBed to use at home, several friends reacted by saying “this is pretty useful; you should sell them!” And as they say, the rest is history. We’d like to think that a driving force that continues to guide us is this “There must be a way to make that happen” attitude.