Artifort’s origins go back to 1890, when the German Jules Wagemans established his upholstery business in Maastricht. His son Henricus Wagemens later expanded the business, including a furniture manufactory as well as a showroom in Amsterdam. Although by the end of the 1920s the company was well-known in Germany, the economically disastrous 1930s forced the firm, then known as H. Wagemens & Van Tuinen, to rebrand. The company became Artifort, a neologism derived from the Latin “ars,” art or knowledge, and “fortis,” strong or powerful; the name also represents comfort, a notion integral to Artifort’s designs. That same decade, the company acquired the license for Epeda patented interior springing;... more.