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by Klaus Nienkamper II
17 years ago when we launched KLAUS, I was looking for brands that would complement one another. While researching collections in the days before the internet, I used to walk the shows in Cologne and in Milan the old fashioned way, pulling my trolley with the literature that I would collect along the way. It was always a tedious thing to do, hauling all this heavy reading material behind me and then in turn packing it for the long voyage home. My bag always weighed a TON.
Year after year I would sift through the pile of brochures and select the ones that I liked and the ones that I thought to be a good fit for my store.
Linteloo was always right up there with the collections that I wanted to carry. For one reason or another the brand wasn’t available to us back in the day. So it was with great pleasure and surprise that while visiting the fair in 2017 that I met the owner, Jan Lintelo through some connections. He took the time to show me what was new that year and we formed a working relationship that is new to KLAUS for 2018.
Linteloo embodies all the hallmarks that KLAUS is based on, forward thinking design, exceptional quality, the people behind the brand are great to work with, AND the furniture is super comfortable. It is with great satisfaction and pleasure that I present Linteloo :
The Story of Linteloo
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, Rohe 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.
LINTELOO’s first international success was the now classic sofa Easy Living, which Jan te Lintelo designed himself. It is a simply shaped sofa that is extremely comfortable, due to its solid materials, sumptuous fabrics and ergonomic intelligence. ‘Our collection has just that little bit more - in size, fabrics, and matching cushions. For example, we use beautiful leathers that are tanned in a natural way and gorgeous to the touch.’ ‘Do sit down,’ Jan tells visitors arriving in his showroom. ‘How does that feel? Comfortable isn’t it?!'
by Linteloo Lab
The Southampton is inviting, compact, and made for hours of relaxation. This sofa is a casual version of Linteloo Labs Hamptons seating system. With a variety of different elements it is possible to create your own feel-good arrangement. The sofa is available in both fabric and leather upholstery.
by Jan des Bouvrie
Timeless, stylish and great comfort are the hallmarks of this Relax creation designed by celebrated Dutch designer Jan des Bouvrie, known for his use of sleek lines and clear shapes. Available in both fabric and leather upholstery, the frame is available in matt chrome, bronze and graphite grey.
by Sebastian Herkner
This upholstered wing-armchair (available with ottoman) by Sebastian Herkner has a strong silhouette and character as well as it is cosy. The padded seat is placed on a wooden structure, the soft cushioning gives you the feeling of an snug place with many possible seating positions. Available in both fabric and leather upholstery.
by Sebastian Herkner
Inspired by the arrangements of the countryside and the layout of fields, Sebastian Herkner designed this family of side and coffee tables. The table tops are made of different handmade ceramic plates. The various levels and surfaces, will playfully change the colour from each perspective.