Dutch firm Artifort has its origins in a furniture and upholstery company established by the Wagemans family in Maastricht. By the 1930s the company had already acquired its distinctive name (derived from the Latin words for art or knowledge and strength or power) and a reputation for functionality, comfort and design. But it was with the arrival of designer Kho Liang Ie in the 1960s that the company established a position at the forefront of international design.
Kho Liang Ie recruited the French designer Pierre Paulin and together the pair worked on a series of iconic products such as the Orange Slice and Tongue chairs and the C684 sofa, all of which capture the sensibility of the late 60s and 70s while remaining perennial favourites to this day. Other designers collaborating with Artifort at this time include Geoffrey Harcourt, whose monumental Chaise Longue is another modern classic.
At once playful and rigorous, Artifort furniture is notable for its use of colour and form and has been included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.