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Artifort office seating

May 31st 2009

Artifort are a Dutch manufacturer of contract and office seating based in Maastricht. They were originally founded by an upholsterer called Jules Wagemans. By the end of the 30’s the Company was well known in Holland and survived the Great depression by producing innovative furniture designs. The early use of Epeda coiled springs, until then only used in mattresses, instead of straw and horsehair, gave the factory a huge boost. Led by Jules son Henricus the name Artifort was adopted, taken from the latin Arti for Art and Forti for strength. After the second world war Artifort resumed production with more modern designs often with a Scandinavian influence. The appointment of designer Gerrit Rietveld propelled the Company to further expansion with groundbreaking designs such as the Congo Chair. In 1957 Artfort employed over 400 people and converted a disused brewery into its new factory. Designer Kho Liang Ie was responsible for much of Atifort’s output in the 60’s and 70’s as well as the move into the international contract furniture market. Artiforts latest collections include a broad range of reception and break our seating, meeting tables and conference furniture. In 1986 the 4th generation Henri-Jean Wagemans became Managing director. Artifort beame a co operation with Steelcase Strafor the US office furniture giant and is now part of the Lande group

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