A short history of Ahrend / De Cirkel
The De Cirkel company is founded by Jan Schröfer. He is an idealistic socialist and a member of the Arbeiders Jeugd Centrale. At the Arbeiders Jeugd Centrale, he comes in contact with the ideas of the Bauhaus. The creative Schröfer starts designing furniture and starts the NV De Cirkel company.
Ahrend has a long history but is originally a trader in office supplies. As a result, they come into contact with various factories such as ODA and De Cirkel. Ahrend successfully sells furniture for the Circle and in 1941, Ahrend takes a majority stake in De Cirkel. In 1967 De Cirkel became part of the Ahrend group and the name Ahrend De Cirkel was born.
Jan Schröfer must have had a talent for design talents because he manages to bind designers Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld to the Circle. In the 1950s, Kramer and Rietveld draw the best-known design chairs for the company; The Oase, Repose, Result and Revolt chair. These are used as an office and home furniture. These chairs became examples of the Good Living concept. To this day, Ahrend is still focused on office furnishings.
Ahrend/De Cirkel at De Machinekamer
De Machinekamer has a large collection of Ahrend de Cirkel furniture, see the current selection online. New vintage Ahrend furniture comes in regularly.
Some models of the Ahrend brand that we regularly have are the Oase, Repose, Result and Revolt chair.