Fall is upon us with its mix of vivid foliage and crisp temperatures as the natural world transitions into winter dormancy. Fortunately, the bedding industry is never dormant. During this season of change, it becomes clear that this industry is not static, and neither are the products. With a continuous commitment to innovation, the companies featured in these pages shift with the environment, creating products that adapt to accommodate the changing needs of consumers.
In this issue, we’ve focused on Jamison Bedding’s English Garden and Hotel Resort Collections and how they continue Jamison’s tradition of building innovative “sleep solutions for every stage of life.”
In our Q&A we ask three well-known bedding manufacturers how they develop products that create personalized sleep experiences. Tempur-Pedic continually provides support and a personalized sleep environment for sleepers with individually controlled comfort zones. Personalization is also Reverie’s top priority. This company is designing mattresses that have movable components that can be adjusted to meet the changing needs of customers over the course of evolving life cycles and styles. Meanwhile, Kingsdown is designing “Sleep Smart” mattresses that monitor movement, pressure points and sleep patterns in real time, creating an “interactive” sleep experience that optimizes comfort throughout the night.
What all of these companies have in common is a highly developed understanding of what young, ambitious consumers want in the sleep products they buy: an experience that improves the quality of their sleep and their health, and serves as a comfortable and aes-thetically pleasing resting environment.
In this issue you’ll also read about Latex International’s controlled thermal reaction latex, which lets manufacturers to use less ex-pensive inline FR solution in latex mattresses to save money and improve the feel of these products. And, on our website, we cover all of Latex International’s new latex formulations showcased at High Point.
These stories, of course, mention only a few of the many topics you’ll find in the fall issue of Bedroom. Others include:
Wright Global Graphics’ new app lets consumers view a company’s selected interactive content, in the form of videos, product demos, mattress features, and promotions on their smart phones,
Therapedic International’s new higher-end model of its hugely successful gel latex mattress collection plus a high-tech foam layer, which will debut at the fall High Point Furniture Market,
The return of Boyd Specialty Sleep to the High Point Market after an almost decade-long absence to unveil its new Broyhill and Thomasville bed collections and sleep accessories, including the new Broyhill Sensura and Thomasville Natural Flex collections
A guest column by Michael Breus, PhD, “The Sleep Doctor” who asks, “Can you really sell sleep if you’re sleep deprived?” with tips to help you figure out whether you’re short on zzzzs.
What makes covering this industry so exciting is the vibrant—and sometimes downright hectic—pace of discovery, innovation and growth it continues to display, year in and year out. There’s never a shortage of new discoveries to see, new applications to experience or aesthetic changes and practical creativity to survey. Following all of this inventiveness in design, production, marketing and logistics is and will no doubt continue to be a fascinating journey