Artifort

Schijndel / Netherlands

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Artifort is a family-owned Dutch company with a long tradition in the production of home and contract furniture. Founded in Maastricht in 1890 by Jules Wagemans, over time the company evolved into an international leader. The company's strengths can be summed up in three words: innovation, quality and exclusive design. A marked sensibility towards the needs of the public and a future-oriented vision enabled Artifort to overcome the inevitable crises that have arisen over the years. During the 1930s, for example, the company renewed its image and production. In 1928, the company chose the name Artifort, a word made up of the Latin "Ars" and "fortis", embodying the brand's founding values of craft, durability and comfort. At the time, the company introduced the revolutionary Epeda spring system for upholstered seating. The second turning point came in the late '50s with the arrival of designer Kho Liang Ie. Animated by a far-sighted vision, the Indonesian designer hired Pierre Paulin and Geoffrey D. Harcourt whose iconic projects transformed Artifort into one of the most important design companies in the world. Since 1998, the company has been part of the Lande Group, based in Schijndel, the Netherlands, which includes brands such as Pörtner and Zwaardvis.

Artifort's iconic collections. Timeless classics

The iconic collection that made Artifort history is Héritage - a legacy of inestimable value, starting with pieces signed by Kho Liang Ie. The 416 series, produced from 1960 on,wards consists of an armchair, a 3-seater and 4-seater sofa, characterised by a compact and light design. The contrast between soft materials, like the capitonné cushions, and rigid materials, like the steel base, make it a truly extraordinary project. The Artifort catalogue includes numerous pieces by the prolific French designer Pierre Paulin, including armchairs, pouffes, chairs and small armchairs. Organic shapes inspired by natural elements are an unmistakable hallmark of Paulin's work. The Mushroom series, produced since 1960, consists of the Mushroom armchair - in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York - the pouffe and the Big Mushroom and Mushroom Junior models. Another series that needs no introduction is Orange Slice, which includes an armchair, the Orange Slice Junior version, a footstool and a small table. It is supported by a lightweight chrome-plated or powder-coated steel frame consisting of two identical beech wood shells assembled to form a seat and backrest. The Tulip series, dating from 1965, includes comfortable and elegant armchairs, a stool and a tulip-inspired pouffe. The office chair with a headrest is available with a swivel disc base or a fixed cross-leg base, while the smaller Little Tulip chair and Tulip Midi chair complete the matching assortment. British designer Geoffrey D. Harcourt focuses on furniture for public facilities, like the F armchair series. The F978 armchair, with its futuristic forms very much in vogue at the end of the 1960s, is characterised by a fluid structure, moulded in a single padded piece of rigid white or black polyurethane resting on a disc base. In 1967, Harcourt designed a series of upholstered swivel armchairs consisting of a single fabric-upholstered wood shell resting on a short disc or X-shaped base. Characterised by a generous and enveloping seat, they are available in numerous variants according to the dimensions and crafting of the padding and upholstery. F510-F511-F512 are joined by the larger F584-F585-F586, F587-F588 and the Rocking Chair.

Sofas, stools, benches: Artifort's recent collections

The Figura sofa collection by Iranian designer Khodi Feiz offers multiple customisation possibilities. The collection includes the single Figura sofa, available with high or low armrests; the Figura armchair; the Figura modular sofa, composed of different elements that can create corner, chaise longue and bench configurations. Equipped with attachable shelves and electric outlets, the Figura sofa is perfect for lounge areas, accompanied by the Twins lounge table designed by Monica Mulder. Light and elegant, it has two circular tabletops at different heights, resting on a single base. The Pala armchair, by Luca Nichetto, is distinguished by the unique decorative stitching of the upholstery, which follows the fluid lines of the tubular steel structure. Extremely comfortable, it is perfect for home furnishing and public lounge areas. The delicate shape of the Andrea bar stool by Claesson Koivisto Rune is inspired by flower petals. The 4 tubular steel legs accentuate the lightness of the stool, which is available in two heights and countless upholstery variations and base finishes. The collection is completed by the Andrea Lounge chair and the Andrea office chair, perfect matches for the Palladio table since the sloping armrests allow the chair to be easily placed under the table. The Shark armchair, designed by René Holten, is available with a swivel disc base, on 4 legs, or two sled variants. The shell with its central opening is reminiscent of a shark's gaping mouth. The Jima chair collection, designed by Patrick Norguet, is composed of numerous variants inspired by the Kalm armchair, launched in 2015. Functional and comfortable, the Jima chair with armrests, characterised by a light and elegant design, is suitable for dining areas in the 4-legged painted steel or wood versions, and for offices and conference rooms in the versions with an x-shaped base or with 5 legs on chromed steel castors. ... More ... less

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