It is more difficult to build a good chair than a skyscraper

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
(head of Bauhaus in Weimar from 1930)

Our History: Obsessed by sitting

Alexander Härtel & Lothar Kroczek

Anyone who has heard of Original Steifensand knows that there is no other statement that could describe the medium-sized, owner-managed company any better. F.-Martin Steifensand founded the company at the end of the 1960s and made it known throughout the country by inventing the so-called „spinal disk chair“. The family business was successful and grew rapidly until it was sold to a Scandinavian group of companies at the beginning of the 1990s.

Through a management buy-out, today‘s acting partners took the company with long-standing tradition over in 2001. It is a matter of the heart to make it a family business once again.

The legendary „spinal disk chair“ remained a part of the product range. A new family of chairs was developed: mito®. It caused a stir in the sector. With it, the company made another breakthrough.

The enormous quantities were all handmade. In the company‘s own production hall with integrated upholstery. And this is still done at the Original Steifensand premises. But on a larger scale – on a modern 17,000 square meter production area in Freystadt. However, our company still has a manageable size and, in our hearts, we are regionally anchored and find joy in our work. At Original Steifensand we believe in the greatness of our medium-sized company. Our customers also profit from this.

Alexander Härtel & Lothar Kroczek

Our Products

Do you often feel a slight strain in your back after a long day at the office or a conference? Ergonomic high-quality chairs keep you fit for the end of the work day. Please always keep in mind:

The human being is not meant to sit for a long time! All we can do with our products is to make it healthier for the body. Still, you should get up and stretch every now and then. Your body will be grateful.

Our core business is the construction and production of high-end, health-conscious office seating furniture. We design chairs that are pleasing to the eye as well as comfortable for our backs.


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