Functionals by Ad & Simon

Expect the unconventional

Functionals offers a collection of furniture and home goods, designed exclusively for Ahrend by innovative designers. Each has his or her distinctive perspective, but they share a bold aesthetic, commitment to craftsmanship, and attention to detail.

The Functionals Family Tree
Our interest in fine craftsmanship and attention to detail comes naturally. Siblings Ad and Simon van Esch, founders of Functionals, are also the second generation owners of van Esch, a manufacturer devoted to “The Perfect Entrance.” Van Esch makes coat racks, lockers, benches, show-cases and more. As with Functionals, van Esch gathers product ideas from exceptional designers.

Ad and Simon’s father, Henk van Esch, founded the company in 1972. He began his career creating finely wrought liturgical objects, then made the metal fittings for ships, and ultimately served as a metal engineer for several companies. Henk van Esch launched his own company with a coat rack product, and gradually diversified the catalogue.

Ad and Simon literally grew up working in the van Esch factory, and helped transform it into the specialised business that it is today. The two decided that a more consumer-facing product company would be a logical extension of their interests … and in 2009, Functionals was born.

Today, both van Esch and Functionals occupy the same factory/showroom in the Dutch village of Goirle. Henk van Esch has retired, but keeps a close eye on things. He is extremely proud of what his sons have accomplished. Ad and Simon’s sons have joined the family business, ensuring the next generation of unconventional design.

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