In 2015 Artifort celebrated its 125th anniversary. Each year, our chairs, tables and sofas find their way to the homes of design lovers around the world. It all started in 1890 when Jules Wagemans started a business as an upholsterer in Maastricht.
Artifort stands for furniture that lasts a lifetime. In many cases it passes down through generations. The secret lies in the use of high quality materials and in our skilled employees. The craftsmanship of our upholsterers, welders, woodworkers and seamstresses is at a high level through years of experience and in-house training of our younger employees.
Artifort stands for timeless design. Design that endures. Design that is authoritative. From Pierre Paulin and Geoffrey Harcourt to René Holten and Patrick Norguet. Artifort means top-quality design by top designers.
Artifort includes in its permanent collection many projects by the French designer Pierre Paulin dating back to the 60s and 70s.
Paulin, awarded the highest French honor for the arts and defined by French President Sarkozy as “the man who made design an art”, started working as a freelance designer for Artifort at the beginning of his professional career; this marked the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration, where comfort has always been the constant starting point.
The works of the Paulin-Artifort association can be admired in the most famous museums around the world and continue to be produced as an example of timeless design: the Tongue, Le Chat, Ribbon, Tulip, Mushroom armchairs … are now considered to be cornerstones of design of the ‘900 and sculptures with great comfort.