Pair of f815 Lounge Chairs by Theo Ruth for ARTIFORT, Netherlands – 1958 | #S12159
The foundations of Artifort were laid by Jules Wagemans when he set up business as an upholsterer in Maastricht in 1890. His son, Henricus Wagemans, expanded the company into a furniture factory, which had a showroom in Amsterdam by the end of the nineteen twenties and was already well known nationally.
The economic recession of the nineteen-thirties forced H. Wagemans & Van Tuinen, as the furniture company was then known, to create a distinctive profile. Developing a catchy brand name and logo was a start. And naturally the furniture had to be distinctive too. The emphasis came to lie on functionality, comfort and quality combined with aesthetically pleasing design and an innovative use of materials.
In 1928 the new brand name was introduced: Artifort, derived from the Latin word ‘ars’ meaning art or knowledge, and ‘fortis’ meaning strong or powerful. The word ‘comfort’ is also reflected in this brand name.
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Designer: Theo Ruth
Model: f815 lounge chair
Design period: 1958
Date of manufacturing: between 1960-80
Size wdh in cm: 83x80x80 Seat height 41
Material: Wool fabric / Black lacquered wood base.