Inova was founded in 2001 by Loren Sherman, to manufacture and sell his patented TableBed; something 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. In 2016 we expanded our factory and offices from 18,000 to 36,000 sq. ft. In 2017, we doubled it again, to 72,000 sq. ft. and built our team to 56 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, and lots of commitment, which then grows into an organization that serves a larger community. Our products carry the 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 workplace 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 and was particularly known for creating surprising transformations between scenes. On a large scale, he designed sets for Shogun, the Musical, on Broadway, which had 37 scene changes. At 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 in it as it unfolded.
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 put a standard 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 the Murphy bed was to be delivered, he thought “I would really like to have my dining table and my bed on the same footprint in this bright living room: there must be a way to make that happen.” He made a quick, foam-core and scotch tape model of one design approach and was so optimistic that he canceled the Murphy bed delivery. Months later, after building the first TableBed, several friends said “this seems pretty practical; why don’t you sell them?” and he listened. 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.