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Artifort

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The sterling reputation that Artifort enjoys isn’t limited to the innovative upholstery and fluid, organic shapes for which its products are widely known — the legendary Dutch brand’s vintage seating and other furniture is also celebrated for its embodiment of functionality, comfort and quality. These are among the principles that underpin the philosophy toward modern furniture design at Artifort, which has been at the crossroads of furniture and art for over 125 years.

Prior to 1928, the year Artifort officially became a brand, Jules Wagemans had a small upholstery business in Maastricht, the Netherlands. After setting up in 1890, his son, Henricus Wagemans, broadened the scope of the company to include furniture production. By the end of the 1920s, their showroom in Amsterdam had made them a recognizable brand across the Netherlands.

Then named H. Wagemans & Van Tuien, the company changed its name to Artifort after the economic recession. Artifort came from two Latin words meaning “art” and “strong” — a perfect description for the style of each design and the manufacturer’s intention to create sturdy furnishings. Artifort’s reputation for durable armchairs and sofas endures, and vintage editions of this seating are now family heirlooms in many homes.

Artifort became a magnet for high-profile and up-and-coming designers alike. Many furniture designers’ careers began thanks to collaborations with Artifort, such as Dutch industrial and jewelry designer Gijs Bakker and Indonesian-born designer Kho Liang Ie. Also known for designing the interiors at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, Kho Liang Ie was an aesthetic consultant at Artifort and used his expertise to turn the company into a world-class brand. Perhaps his largest contribution, however, was attracting the talents of French furniture and interior designer Pierre Paulin and English furniture designer Geoffrey D. Harcourt.

Paulin’s bright and colorful lounge chairs, such as his Orange Slice chair and Mushroom chair, are still central to the Artifort identity. The revered designer not only introduced new construction techniques to Artifort furniture, but contributed fresh materials, Pop art colors and dazzling shapes to the mid-century modern era as a whole, while Harcourt deserves credit for popularizing Artifort internationally and extending their reach into foreign markets.

Another talent boom in the 1990s at Artifort yielded collaborations with Jasper Morrison, Wolfgang Mezger and René Holten. Iranian designer Khodi Feiz was named art director in 2014 and has continued the tradition of recruiting top designers such as Claesson Koivisto Rune, Ilse Crawford and Luca Nichetto.

Find a collection of vintage Artifort lounge chairs, tables and more on 1stDibs.

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508 Lounge Chair by Geoffrey Harcourt for Artifort, 1970s
By Geoffrey Harcourt, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very cute and comfortable 508 Lounge Chair designed by the famous Geoffrey Harcourt for Artifort in the 70's. Very solid wooden frame with a large pivoting metal foot. The chair h...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Artifort

Materials

Metal

Ribbon Chair With Ottoman by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, 1990's
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Amazing Ribbon Chair with Ottoman in a very rare edition. It is designed by the famous Pierre Paulin (France) in the 60's and produced by Artifort (The Netherlands). This iconic pie...
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1990s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Artifort

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Fabric, Wood

Pierre Paulin F598 Groovy Armchair for Artifort New Upholstery Netherlands, 1972
By Pierre Paulin, Artifort
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
F598 ‘Groovy’ 'M' lounge chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort in new bouclé wool/cotton fabric from Paris, France. Price is per chair We have more chairs available. The chair has been...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Artifort

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Aluminum

Kho Liang Ie for Artifort Bijenkorf Three-Seat Sofa Steel and Grey Upholstery
By Artifort, Kho Liang Ie
Located in Almelo, NL
Midcentury Kho Liang Ie for Artifort Bijenkorf Three-seat sofa steel and fabric, The Netherlands, 1960s The "Bijenkorf" sofa, designed by Kho Liang Ie for Artifort in the 1960s, i...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Artifort

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Steel

Pierre Paulin Oyster Chair for Artifort
By Artifort, Pierre Paulin
Located in Barcelona, ES
Oyster chair designed in 1958 by french designed Pierre Paulin for the dutch company Artifort. Chromed steel base and upholstered in original fabric. Signed.
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Artifort

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Steel

  • Pierre Paulin Oyster Chair for Artifort
  • Pierre Paulin Oyster Chair for Artifort
  • Pierre Paulin Oyster Chair for Artifort
  • Pierre Paulin Oyster Chair for Artifort
H 31.5 in W 36.23 in D 31.5 in
Vintage Orbit C341/3 Sofa by Wolfgang C.R. Mezger for Artifort, 1990s
By Artifort
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning vintage sofa or bench. Design by Wolfgang C.R. Mezger for Artifort. Striking Dutch design from the 1990s. Model Orbit C341/3 Original silver/grey ...
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1990s Dutch Post-Modern Artifort

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Aluminum

Mid Century F510 Lounge Chair by Geoffrey Harcourt for Artifort, 1970s
By Geoffrey Harcourt, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very comfortable Artifort F510 lounge chair. Designed by the famous English designer Geoffrey Harcourt in the 70's. Very solid wooden frame with a large pivoting metal foot. The ...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Artifort

Materials

Metal

Rare Artifort 700 Setsu Sofa
By Artifort, Wolfgang Mueller Deisig
Located in Dronten, NL
Versatile space-age sofa designed in 1972 by Wolfgang Muller for Artifort. With the armrests removed the sofa offers a side table on both sides, a very practical transformation. The ...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage Artifort

Materials

Aluminum

  • Rare Artifort 700 Setsu Sofa
  • Rare Artifort 700 Setsu Sofa
  • Rare Artifort 700 Setsu Sofa
  • Rare Artifort 700 Setsu Sofa
H 27.17 in W 87.41 in D 32.29 in
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Artifort furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Artifort furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of fabric and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Artifort furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Artifort were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Pierre Paulin, UMS Pastoe, and Martin Visser. Prices for Artifort furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $169 and can go as high as $37,614, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,939.

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