Two pairs of feet are often better than one. In the same way that taking a good
concept all the way around the globe and crossing it with another sometimes yields
a better product than the original. Case in point: Our mattress and our company.
'When I first moved to the US, I really missed my old bed,' admits Austrian native
Rainer Wieland. The former gymnast found his first American mattress lacking in
the support he had enjoyed at home; support that had kept old sports injuries at bay
for years. After briefly flirting with the idea to remedy the situation for himself and
300 million Americans by importing beds from Europe, a better plan won out: Take
the best of both worlds - American innersprings and high-tech European materials
and design - and create something new and even better.
Joining forces with German marketing maven Susanne Flother, a former swimmer
whose sleep troubles and sports injuries had mirrored Rainer's for years, the two friends
developed the first Somnium mattress in 2006, a production in California and
national distribution soon followed. 'And even though we haven't converted all of
America yet, we are working on it', promises Susanne.