With tradition into the future

Whoever wants to talk about the future must first know about the past. Behind every success are dedicated people with a wealth of ideas who want to create something together. And behind every success is a vision pointing towards the common path to the future.

After more than 60 years, we look back on our beginnings, on the progress of our company - from a single upholsterer to one of the most important upholstered furniture manufacturers in Europe. At the same time we give an insight into a company with a solid past and a promising future.

History 1950 - 1969

In 1950, already three years before the actual founding of the company, the first pieces of furniture take shape in an old newspaper stand in the nearby village of Schney. 1952 the company removed to Landwehrstraße in Michelau and old former army barracks became the new head office. Soon founder Horst Müller concern himself exclusively in the production of furniture and hire first employee.

On 3 August 1953 Horst Müller registered the company KOINOR. Inspiration for the naming is the famous Koh-i-noor diamond. The company grows. One of the first bestseller are cocktail chairs. The first delivery vans were gained, land is bought and 1957 the first solid building began: larger manufacturing area and an office building. It still houses the headquarters of the company today. At this time the first product catalog appears, with drawings still done by hand.

In 1960 the company has already 60 employees. The first conveyor belt makes manufacturing even faster and more efficient. 1961 Ferdinand Herbst began his career at KOINOR. At his point nobody knew how closely the further rise of the house would be associated with him. During the 60’s KOINOR begins with the manufacturing of TV chairs and hits another big success. Several times the building must be attached and enlarged in the 60’s so there is more space for the growing manufacturing area.

History 1970 - 1989

In 1974 the first pieces of high quality leather furniture are created and received enthusiastically in The Netherlands and Germany. KOINOR contributed pioneering work and becomes to one of the first industrial leather specialist.

Because of the success the space is getting to small again. In 1977 KOINOR took over an already existing building in Maroldsweisach and turned it into a modern branch plant. According to the latest additional places for cutting and sewing created. The branch plant still produces till today. For the first time the company is represented at the Furniture in Cologne. But soon afterwards, in 1981, the manufacturing plant was bursting its seams. A generous amount of new space is added.

Again the company needs more space. In 1983 KOINOR increased again. A further plant is built in Weismain. This manufacturing plant is also added after a short time.

In 1986 the place in Michelau is also outbid. The office block in Michelau gets extended. In 1988 follows the heightening of the upholstery.

History 1990 - today

In 1992 company founder Horst Müller retires. He sells his company to executive staff members so that the continuation and further development of his life’s work is ensured. Michael Schulz and Gerd Bissinger restructure the company and reset the cours.

So in 1999 ground is broken for one of the most modern upholstery factories in Europe. Final production and a large logistics center are built. At the same time, a 3000 – square meter showroom with bar and bistro are built at the main plant for and adequate product presentation. Therefore also the leather store can move to Michelau. In September 2001 the new plant is inaugurated.

Numerous Function and Dinner sofas were added to our collection during the first decade of the new millennium. Today the company considers itself a function specialist which combines innovative technology with the contemporary-modern, design-accentuated language of form. From its modest beginnings KOINOR has developed into one of the most prominent makers of upholstered furniture in Europe. The company occupies approximately 50,000 square meters of space distributed over 4 sites. Approximately 480,000 square meters of leather and approximately 200,000 running meters of fabric and microfibers are processed per year. More than 500 parts are delivered every day to specialized retailers in Germany, Europe and overseas.