The foundations of Artifort were laid by Jules Wagemans when he set up business as an upholsterer in Masstricht in 1890. The economic recession of the nineteen-thirties forced the furniture company, then known as H. Wagemans & Van Tuinen, to create a distinctive profile.
In 1982 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. 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.
Norguet (1969) made his breakthrough as a designer at the end of the nineteen-nineties. In 2002, he designed the successful Apollo for Artifort. Norguet is also celebrated for designing the interior of the Renault showroom and the Lancel shop on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Various museums around the world have included products designed by him in their collections. In 2009, the international design magazine Wallpaper voted him “Furniture designer of the year”.