Industry Veterans Launch Innovative Sleep Technologies


Innovative Sleep Technologies is a new company in the adjustable base and bedding categories. Late last year, industry veterans John Schulte and Sven Knabe combined their many decades of experience in developing and marketing adjustable base technology and products to launch the factory-owned company and fill a niche gap in the category, according to a news release.

“Innovative Sleep Technologies is bringing to the residential market Symphony Sleep, a brand that offers some innovative designs, materials and functionality that we believe provides differentiated features and benefits,” said Schulte, president pf the St. Peters, Missouri-based business. “Retailers are looking for true technology to build a quality sleep story around, and IST has it.”

IST serves several top retailers of furniture, mattresses and recreational vehicles and supplies. The company is co-owned by Meise Mobel, a manufacturer of adjustable bases and platform beds out of Europe and Asia, which has also been a supplier to the U.S. bedding market for 30 years.

Schulte spent 27 years at Glideaway, known for its adjustable bases. He served as vice president of product development, sourcing and strategic planning before the company merged with Rize. During his tenure, he invented six patents; initiated the design, development and sourcing of Glideaway branded adjustable bases; and developed its multinational sourcing programs, according to a news release.

IST managing partner Knabe brings expertise in German engineering and international sales of motion furniture and bedding technology. His extensive experience includes top management roles in some of Germany’s most innovative manufacturers for residential and in-home medical care furnishings.

IST plans to showcase its Symphony Sleep products later this year, including two collections of adjustable bases, a mattress line, platform beds, pillows and sheets.