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June 5, 2015

Designed to last

Established over 100 years ago, German furniture company Wilkhahn is recognised today as a world leader in innovative furniture design.

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  • Words: Joshua Fanning

Starting with a simple but solid beech wood chair in 1907 the company seized upon new technologies resulting from the Industrial Revolution to create innovative furniture lines for an emerging, modern society. In an increasingly knowledge-based world, Wilkhahn believes that people are the key to a company’s success. Creating a comfortable and attractive workspace impacts the creativity, productivity and loyalty of the workforce in a way that turns employees from individuals into a community. Wilkhahn manufacture more than chairs and tables – they build equity in your business.


Lisa Schlicht is the SA regional manager and has been with the company in Australia for some 10 years. Her knowledge of the products and their best uses will assist you in selecting the right furniture for your needs. Get in touch with Lisa to learn more about the range and receive your 2015/16 Wilkhahn catalogue today.

Lisa Schlicht
Wilkhahn Regional Manager SA
M 0404 482 014


Product innovation is at the heart of the Wilkhahn philosophy. Long has the company looked for new materials to help it achieve better ergonomics and useful flexibility. Taking new materials from the automotive industry as well as developing their own, Wilkhahn has patented 3D movement – Trimension – in a chair, created a table that folds in half and rolls away for easy storage and maneuverability as well as leaning aids for collaborative work environments to mention just a few.


Designed in Germany – made in Australia, Wilkhahn’s production facility in Sydney is a testament to the company’s belief in quality construction. Every table and approximately 85 per cent of chairs sold in the Asia Pacific region are manufactured in Australia. Hand-cut leathers and fabrics are sewn together by seamstresses in Sydney as part of the upholstering process, which in-turn means furniture can be refreshed in the future with ease.


Long committed to environmental sustainability, Wilkhahn first adopted an ecological strategy in the 1970s. An important part of this strategy is the durability of their products. By manufacturing in modern countries, Wilkhahn can ensure stringent environmental processes are adhered to, while also guaranteeing the quality of construction. The investment in Wilkhahn furniture is returned, in some cases, 20 years after purchasing – when getting your chairs re-upholstered for just the second time.

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