Since its foundation in 1976 KÖHL has been committed to manufacturing top quality seating furniture. Here are the most significant steps in the company's history.

2016 |  KÖHL im Orgatec Jahr auf Platz 1

Als Orientierungshilfe für Fachhandel und Lieferanten führt „markt intern“ in regelmäßigen Abständen bundesweite Leistungsspiegel-Umfragen unter den Fachhändlern durch. Der Fachhandel kann dann seine Lieferanten nach Vertriebspolitik, Reklamationsverhalten, Verkaufsunterstützung, Außendienstbetreuung und der realisierbaren Handelsspanne beurteilen. In diesem Jahr hat der Bürostuhl-Hersteller KÖHL mit weitem Abstand zu seinen Mitbewerbern bei der “markt intern“ Leistungsspiegel-Umfrage die Best-Note erzielt. Überzeugen konnte er die Fachhändler in den Disziplinen Abverkauf, Produktqualität, Schulung, Kulanz, Lieferpünktlichkeit und Außendienstbetreuung. Das meint der Fachhandel zu KÖHL: „Fachhandelstreu, zuverlässig, partnerschaftlich“ – „ Sehr gute Qualität und Preis. Topbetreuung“ – „Individuelle Produkte, Alleinstellungsmerkmale, gute Fachhandelspolitik, gute Qualität, gute Fachhandelsbetreuung“.


2016 |  Markteinführung ANTEO® UP

ANTEO® UP, die neue Drehstuhlserie aus dem Hause KÖHL, überzeugt durch neue, funktionale Attraktivität und bereichert die erfolgreiche Produktfamilie ANTEO®. Der wandelbare Allrounder ANTEO® startete 2011 und schrieb seitdem eine ungebrochene Erfolgsgeschichte.
Die ANTEO® Familie, bestehend nun aus ANTEO® ALU, ANTEO® UP, ANTEO® BASIC und ANTEO® Konferenz, hat sich einen festen Platz in Deutschlands Bürolandschaften erobert.

Kurz nach der Auszeichnung der Stuhlreihe SELLEO folgt die ANTEO-Serie mit dem begehrten Umweltzeichen "Der blaue Engel".


2015 |  Introduction of the new ANTEO® ALU range

The new ANTEO® ALU chair - a clear, purist design with ergonomic comfort leaves nothing to be desired. The high backrest and the elegant aluminum application that extends from the armrest over the entire width of the backrest, are the distinctive features of the new ANTEO® ALU chair. Like the ANTEO® standard range, the ALU range has also many design options and high quality cover fabrics such as leather, Tube, Network or SlimLine.
In addition, the KÖHL® Air-Seat is available as option for ANTEO® ALU.


2014 |  Introduction of the KÖHL® AIR_SEAT

To bring more free movement into everyday sitting, KOEHL developed the KÖHL® AIR-SEAT with an integrated 2-chamber air cushion which is individually adjustable to the personal requirements.
The KÖHL® AIR-SEAT stimulates multidimensional micro-movements and trains by frequent changes the low-lying back muscles. Balancing on the KÖHL® AIR-SEAT by gentle lateral pelvic movements, activates the muscles and optimizes the sitting posture. It prevents excessive swinging in all directions by providing a secure grip in all directions of movement.
Thanks to the user-friendly comfort valve, the individually pressure regulation of the KÖHL® AIR-SEAT is adjustable to personal requirements by simply pressing the button.


2014 |  Introduction of the DESIRO® JOY

Comfortable, functional and easy to maintain. Suitable for indoors and outdoors. Whether in the office, medical environment, education, cafeteria dining, hotel or home, DESIRO® JOY is the ideal accompaniment.

DESIRO® JOY fits into any environment. Its clean, timeless design makes the chair a great all-rounder. A deep, wide seat in combination with a high backrest, ensures comfortable sitting.


2014 |  Introduction of the DESIRO® DOT

The new DESIRO® DOT enriches the KÖHL product range in a creative and colourful way. With its design and high flexibility the chair is not only an eye-catcher, but also perfectly suited for different areas in which communication and inspiration should be promoted. In addition DESIRO® DOT is very flexible and durable – a contemporary product for commercial and domestic applications.


2013 |  Introduction of the new cushioning SlimLine

The innovative 3D multi-layer fabric SlimLine combines functionality and easthetics perfectly. SlimLine cushioning provides a perfect support for the back and at the same time a pleasent flexibility. With its high shape stability and pleasant texture, SlimLine accompanies the user perfectly. In addition, SlimLine provides a good air flow thanks to the three-dimensional fabric structure, which supports the moisture diffusion and raises the sitting comfort. SlimLine is available for the ANTEO® and CONSITO® range.


2013 |  The new ANTEO® conference chair

The successful range ANTEO ® is enhanced by the new ANTEO ® conference range and completes the existing KÖHL diversity. A number of new conference chairs convinces with comfort and elegance. Available are the new variants as cantilever, swivel chair on gliders or on castors.


2013 |  Bade-Enten und rote Nasen bringen 5.000 Euro

Der Erlös der KÖHL-Spendeninitiative geht an die Stiftung „HUMOR HILFT HEILEN“. Im Oktober 2012 rief der hessische Sitzmöbelspezialist KÖHL während der Kölner Branchenmesse Orgatec zu einer Spendenaktion auf. Zu Gunsten der Stiftung „HUMOR HILFT HEILEN“ verteilte KÖHL Badeenten für eine Spende von je zwei Euro. Die berühmte rote Clown-Nase erhielt jeder Spender zusätzlich ab fünf Euro. In der Rheinmetropole kam so ein beachtlicher Spendenerlös zusammen, der von KÖHL auf 5.000 Euro aufgestockt wurde.


2012 |  More photovoltaic system on the production shed in Rödermark

In May, the new photovoltaic system starts operating. Our 3.700m2 photovoltaic roof system, with a total annual capacity of 182.000kw/h, saves 125 tons of CO2 per year compared to the conventional power plant.


2011 |  Benelux Office Products Award

ANTEO® won the Benelux Office Products Award and became the best product of the year. 


2011 |  INTRODUCTION ANTEO®


2011 |  Renovation of the heating plant


2010 |  INTRODUCTION CONSITO®


2010 |  Ecological flatroof with an new photovoltaic system


2009 |  Investment in a new ERP-software


2009 |  INTRODUCTION AUREO®, CALIXO®


2009 |   10 years ergonomic - and sales training

35th sales training at the training centre Rödermark, an unbeatable team for 10 years


2007 |  Rebuilding and renovation of the Production


2005 |  Certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 and DIN EN ISO 14001:2005


2005 |  Redevelopment and redesign of the training centre in Rödermark.


INTRODUCTION SELLEO®


2003 |   Introduction SALVEO®

Hubert Schwarz is presenting „Power of Mind" the premiere of the chair line SALVEO.

Photo: Hubert Schwarz (left) with Managing Director Thomas Köhl


2000 |  Presentation of the new KÖHL lumbar support KBS®

Presentation of the new chair range MIREO with the new KÖHL lumbar support KBS®.


1998 |  ARS SEDENDI – The art of sitting

ARS SEDENDI – The art of sitting“, for the first time ever introduced with chair range SIGNEO, designed by Giovanni Baccolini.


1996 |   INTRODUCTION CONCENTO®

The italian designer Giovanni Baccolini developed the series CONCENTO®.


1994 |  Developmentof the integrated lumbar support

The Austrian Wilhelm Schuster (left) and the development of the integrated lumbar support with KÖHL MULTICLIP.


1991 |  Completion of the third construction stage

Completion of the third construction stage; new office and show room building, new industrial building.


1990 |  Europe Award for special quality

Distinction with the Europe Award for special quality in Paris.

Photo: Founder Günter Köhl (right) accepting the award.


1985 |  Completion of the second construction stage

Completion of the second construction stage - Expanding production and warehouse areas.


1980 |  KÖHL wins the biggest order

KÖHL wins the biggest order to date in company history: 17,865 office swivel chairs for the regional finance office North Rhine- Westphalia.


1979 |  The first construction stage

Completion of the first construction stage in the new industrial area; Moving into the new premises.


[1976 |  Company start-up in Ober-Roden

Company start-up in Ober-Roden by Inge and Günter Köhl. The idea of labour division became reality at KÖHL with the development of the modular kit-chair-system.

Initial presentation by KÖHL at the first ORGATEC show in Cologne.

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