100 years of Ahrend history
100 years of Ahrend history
For more than 100 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.
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.
Steel furniture factory Oda began as a blacksmith in St. Oedenrode, founded by Harry van de Kamp.
Wooden desks characterised the office environment in the twenties. Within the Ahrend factory 'De Globe' manufactured wooden furniture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Steel factory Oda celebrates its 30th anniversary with Jacobus Ahrend and H.J. van de Kamp.
The Revolt chair designed by Friso Kramer, was a breakthrough in the field of industrial design.
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.
The Result chair, designed by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld inspired graphic designers and photographers and was successful in schools and homes.
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.
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.
At Ahrend the interest for ergonomics translated in the AKD chair (Ahrend Kramer Design). Friso Kramer and Henk Verkerke designed this chair.
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.
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
With the Aura chair Ahrend introduced the synchro.
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.
Ahrend leads when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility and the integration of environmental objectives become a trademark of the company.
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'.
The Revolt chair by Friso Kramer gets a redesign. The chair was first designed by Friso in 1953.
The Ahrend Centennial chair is designed by Frans de la Haye. The occasion was the 100th anniversary of Ahrend in 1996.
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.