The TEMPUR® story begins in the late 1960s when NASA scientists and engineers were asked to develop a material to absorb the G-force pressure astronauts endure during lift-off and landing.
They invented a viscoelastic material, with both high-energy absorption and soft, pressure relieving properties. In the early 1970s, knowledge of this unique new material reached our Scandinavian founders.
They realised this NASA Material would make perfectly supportive and comfortable cushions for healthcare and medical purposes.
In 1988, our Danish scientists began refining that original material. After two years of extensive testing, in 1990, TEMPUR® Material was born. Later that year, in a breakthrough moment, one of our scientists realised the Material’s potential as ideal for sleeping on.
After enhancing both its adaptability and durability even further, in 1991 we created and launched the world’s first viscoelastic mattress and pillow. It changed the game. And it all started with the ground-breaking work of that team of NASA scientists.
We have dedicated thirty years continually evolving TEMPUR® Material as the perfect balance of comfort and support, ensuring it remains light years ahead of subsequent memory foams and other materials.
Did you know?
During the 60 hours it takes to create a TEMPUR® mattress, our team performs up to 67 different quality checks. And yet, if any one of our team members feels the mattress still isn’t good enough, they can simply reject it.