Heritage of Ahrend | Discover 100 years of Ahrend history

Ahrend Heritage

More than 120 years of Ahrend history

For more than 120 years Ahrend has been a leading player in the field of Dutch furniture design. Explore the rich history, admirable projects and legendary designs that have been designed and manufactured over the years at Ahrend.

1896

Establishment Wed. J. Ahrend & Son

Jacobus Ahrend, still underaged, realised the establishment of Ahrend with help of his mother. He started working at home in Amsterdam. Later he bought an office in Amsterdam.

1905

Blacksmith H.J. van de Kamp

Steel furniture factory Oda began as a blacksmith in St. Oedenrode, founded by Harry van de Kamp.

1925

Factory De Globe for wooden furniture

Wooden desks characterised the office environment in the twenties. Within the Ahrend factory 'De Globe' manufactured wooden furniture.

1930

The 'Doe Meer' (do more) chair

The Super 'Doe Meer' (do more) chair for 'the working man'. Working on this chair meant: less fatigue and increasing productivity under the motto of 'Do More'. Ahrend's first foundation for ergonomics.

1930

Establishment of 'Arbeiderspers' (workers press)

The establishment of the 'Arbeiderspers' (workers press) led to the creation of the Steel Furniture Department for Ahrend. Catalogues were created in-house, by Jacobus Ahrend himself, later by the Publicity Department, under the direction of Mr Toon Bogers.

1930

The 'Zitnorm-stoel' (standard seat chair)

The 'Zitnorm-stoel'(standard seat chair) designed by Mr Jan Schröfer, co-founder and director of De Cirkel (the circle), was the beginning of the steel furniture factory De Cirkel (the circle) in Zwanenburg, the Netherlands.

1931

Establishment N.V. Oda Steelwork and Oven construction

N.V. Oda Steelwork and Oven construction formerly 'H.J. van de Kamp' was established whereby the directorship of the son AJ (Janus) van de Kamp was transferred and Harry became chairman of the board. The name Oda refers to 'Oda of Brabant', the patron of the village St. Oedenrode in the province of Brabant in the Netherlands.

1933

Ahrend brings the first steel office furniture 'Prominent desk' to the market

Ahrend brings the first steel office furniture, 'Prominent desk' to the market. Direct result of the collaboration with steel furniture factory 'Oda' in St. Oedenrode in the Netherlands. Establishment N.V. Oda Steelwork and Oven construction

1935

Oda celebrates its 30th anniversary

Steel factory Oda celebrates its 30th anniversary with Jacobus Ahrend and H.J. van de Kamp.

1953

Ahrend Revolt chair by Friso Kramer

The Revolt chair designed by Friso Kramer, was a breakthrough in the field of industrial design.

1956

DIN-standards elegantly applied

Ahrend Prominent, DIN-desk and Revolt chair: elegant variations on the DIN-standard. DIN-standard (by the German institute for standardisation) determines the standard requirements for use of office furniture.

1958

Ahrend Result chair by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld

The Result chair, designed by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld inspired graphic designers and photographers and was successful in schools and homes.

1965

The L-shaped desk and office spaces

The L-shaped desk made its appearance. Open plan offices and office spaces became fashionable temporarily becoming more popular than the classical cellular office. The Ahrend Facet desk proved to be a suitable solution.

1967

Merger between Ahrend, ODA and De Cirkel

All commercial and manufacturing companies under one roof. The companies still operated under their own name. Under the leadership of Mr Koenders everything was subsumed under the name Ahrend.

1973

AKD-chair

At Ahrend the interest for ergonomics translated in the AKD chair (Ahrend Kramer Design). Friso Kramer and Henk Verkerke designed this chair.

1974

Introduction Mehes system furniture

Introduction of Mehes (Mobility, Efficiency, Humanisation, Environment, Standardisation), designed by Friso Kramer, in line with the changing offices. The 'Sociaal Fonds Bouwnijverheid'(Social Construction Fund) was the first customer with an open office plan. In the seventies open office plans were the trend. The Ahrend Mehes system furniture followed this concept perfectly. The Electriciteitsbedrijf' (Electricity company) chose Mehes for their office environment. Bas Pruijser, member of the design team since 1974, later redesigned the Mehes furniture.

1980

Introduction Ahrend Libra and Ahrend Synta

In the eighties Ahrend Libra and Ahrend Synta were introduced to the market. Libra provided much needed privacy in large offices, while Synta offered system furniture at a low price. Design: Wijtse Rodenburg

1984

Ahrend Aura chair

With the Aura chair Ahrend introduced the synchro.

1984

HSBC headquarters furnished with Mehes

With Mehes, designed by Friso Kramer Ahrend reached the top of the market. International recognition through the furnishing of the headquarters of the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), a building designed by architect Sir Norman Foster.

1990

Becoming more aware of environmental care

Ahrend leads when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility and the integration of environmental objectives become a trademark of the company.

1994

Ahrend 220 office chair with Eco design

Introduction of the first Eco design product: Ahrend 220 office chair designed by Henk Verkerke. The best selling office chair in the Netherlands with its characteristic 'letterbox'.

1994

Redesign Revolt chair by Friso Kramer

The Revolt chair by Friso Kramer gets a redesign. The chair was first designed by Friso in 1953.

1996

Ahrend Centennial chair by Frans de la Haye

The Ahrend Centennial chair is designed by Frans de la Haye. The occasion was the 100th anniversary of Ahrend in 1996.

1996

Ahrend receives the predicate Royal

On March 25 Ahrend celebrates its 100th anniversary. Under the leadership of Director J. C. Koenders Ahrend receives the predicate 'Royal'. The Ahrend logo is redesigned to include a small crown.

1999

Red Dot Award for Ahrend 22

Designer Bas Pruyser wins a Red Dot Award for his design of the Ahrend 22. The Ahrend 22 is a stylish and transparent table program on a high level. A gorgeous design, on each level, in each environment.

2001

HAL Trust becomes a shareholder in Ahrend

The Rotterdam based investment fund HAL Trust takes a majority stake in Ahrend.

2002

Red Dot Award for the Ahrend 350

The Ahrend 350, designed by Sigurd Rothe, has been distinguished with a Red Dot Award. Ahrend 350 combines comfortable seating with a stylish, sophisticated and outstanding design. Besides that, the chair can be used in an office, board room as well as a meeting room.

2005

Take-over Techno, market leader in Eastern Europe

After a couple of succesful years of collaborating, Ahrend takes over its partner Techno. Techno is active in the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom The company produces and sells furniture for the business market. After the take-over, Ahrend has 1460 employees and a turnover of almost 270 million euros. With that it is one of the most important office designers of Europe.

2005

Sale of division Office Supplies to Lyreco

Ahrend sells office products enterprise Ahrend Office Products, including Ahrend Repro, to the European market leader Lyreco. Ahrend Office Product and Ahrend Repro will improve their prominent position under their new owner Lyreco. Because of this, Ahrend can focus completely at their interior design activities.

2005

Red Dot Award for the Ahrend 1200

Designer Meyer van Schooten wins a Red Dot Award for his design of the Ahrend 1200. "The fascination for light and translucent material was the key note for the design of the Ahrend 1200 as an object that sets the ambiance," says Meyer van Schooten.

2006

Red Dot Award for Ahrend 800

Designer Wijtse Rodenburg wins a Red Dot Award for his design of the Ahrend 800. The Ahrend 800 is a series of stylish stainless steel desks and chairs with a tabletop of wood or glass.

2008

Red Dot Award for the Ahrend Clipline

Designer Frans de la Haye wins a Red Dot Award for his design of the Ahrend Clipline. The fundamental idea of the Ahrend Clipline was to come as far as possible with as few design, techniques, and materials as possible.

2009

Red Dot Award for the 360

Design agency Flex wins a Red Dot Award for the design of the 360. In the process from the first draft until the final product, Flex made some daring choices of material and used groundbreaking production methods.

2010

Red Dot Award for the Ahrend 380

Designer Ineke Hans wins a Red Dot Award for her design of the Ahrend 380. It is the modern version of the famous Revolt Chair from 1953. The Ahrend 380 is made from (recyled) plastic in expressive colours.

2010

Ahrend introduces the Ahrend 2020

Designer Paul Brooks had a clear vision when Ahrend invited him to design the office chair of the future. The result is a chair with clear lines, in which the combination of transparent design and complete functionality is unique within the international offer. The technique is invisible but can be used blindly.

2011

Ahrend becomes the first Cradle to Cradle company in the office industry

In 2011, Ahrend was distinguished the Cradle to Cradle Company Award in Berlin. Ahrend got the price because of excellent performances in enhancing sustainability in the management. Ahrend is the first and only one in the industry with this award, something we are very proud of.

2014

Ahrend takes over Roels

The take-over of Roels, specialised in acoustics and soft-seating, by Ahrend. This way Ahrend can meet the demands for soft-seating products.

2015

Social enterprise collaboration between Presikhaaf and Royal Ahrend

The goal of the collaboration between Presikhaaf School Furniture and Royal Ahrend is to give individuals with a disadvantaged position in the labour market a better chance in getting a job. Ahrend combines the production of innovative school furniture with social policy. After the collaboration 190 employees of Presikhaaf School Furniture will work at Ahrend.

2015

Red Dot Award for Ahrend Flexbox

Designer Basten Leijh won a Red Dot Award for his design of the Ahrend Flexbox. The Ahrend Flexbox is a modular, function space-in-space solution for (informal) meetings, phone calls, concentrated working or conferencing.

2015

Ahrend introduces the Ahrend Balance

The fundamental idea of the design is that the product lasts longer than one lifecycle. Therefore it can easily be re-used in the future. Because of that, the construction of desk is modular. The Ahrend Balance won the prestigious Mixology Award in the category 'Product of the Year - Furniture'.

2016

120 years Ahrend

In 2016 Ahrend celebrates its 120th anniversary. In the past 120 years, Ahrend has become an international leader in office furniture committed to delivering contemporary and highly sustainable office lifestyles to corporate end-users around the world. Nowadays, Ahrend has offices in more than 25 countries in five continents, under which China, Russia, and Dubai.

2017

Ahrend and HAY relaunch the Result Chair and Pyramid Collection

Designed in the fifties, but in cooperation with Danish design label HAY also in 2017 up-to-date: the characteristic Result Chair and the Pyramid Collection. The original designs of Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld have proved their worth and also this new collection shows that quality and style are still of great importance.

2017

More possibilities with Ahrend SQALA

The SQALA chair can be completely adjusted to your own taste. This way a unique look and feel is created. With a mix of comfort, elegance and versatility the chair enables you to work efficiently and be inspired.

2017

Ahrend officially joins the Circular Economy 100 (CE100)

By joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ahrend takes the next step in its ambition to implement a cicrular economy approach. Together with global corporate frontrunners new possibilities for a circular economy are developed. This way the production cycle must be closed by 2020.

2017

In control of your own desk with the Comfort Workstation

This highly innovative desk enables people to work in a more productive and healthy way. Everything in this desk is adjustable to you own needs: you can change lighting, temperature, height and cooling. Because of this innovation, the user satisfaction increases and the energy use decreases.