In 1994, more than fifteen years before trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort declared ‘wellbeing’ one of the most important international trends, Jan te Lintelo (b. 1954) started a brand that radiates ‘enjoying the good life’ in every possible way. Raised by parents who owned a furniture store in the Netherlands, and having worked for Dutch design companies Pastoe, Rohé and Gelderland, he had noticed the domination of minimalism in the early nineties. British and Italian design gurus were promoting an anonymous, sterile interior style in which practically anything personal was hidden in cupboards, and anything ‘comfortable’ expelled to the bedroom. ‘I always said “let’s make a very big sofa! And why not add some comfortable footstools and extra cushions?” The reply was always: “That won’t sell.”’ So he decided to produce one himself.

 

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