Company

History

Renz was founded over 135 years ago.

It sounds like a simple statement of fact, but there’s a lot more to it. For us, it’s a number that stands for pride. Pride in the values that have been handed down to us. Pride in the competence in manufacturing, design, planning and service that we’ve gained through decades of experience. This number also stands for the solid reliability of a family-owned and family-run company, which is the foundation for long-term strategies and development opportunities.

But this number also evokes challenges, opportunities and the future. Commitment and responsibility towards people, the environment and nature, which we demonstrate through our conscientious use of resources and energy-saving technology.

RENZ products are an investment in sustainability.

2016

At the Orgatec, RENZ presents with Paper a light writing and meeting table program. Striking elements are the slender, graceful tabletop and the subtly designed legs, which resemble folded paper.

2014

RENZ introduces at the Orgatec two new product lines. Pace, an electrically height-adjustable table, and Site, a versatile and modular storage programme.

2012

Talk is an intelligent table system with an ingenious connection element for both flexible and fixed arrangements for conferences, meetings, and seminars. In short, for all a company’s communication needs.

2011

In December, the new RENZ showroom is opened. On 500 m² of exhibition space, all product lines of RENZ as well as ideas for designing the world of work are shown.

2010

The light office program "Star" stands for up-to-date communication and work forms with an individual look.

2008

Jehs+Laub develop the versatile and award-winning conference table program "Tune" for RENZ.

2007

RENZ is 125 years old. An official ceremony and the employee's party form the framework for this company anniversary.

2006

RENZ presents two new product lines at the Orgatec: "Sono", design: Justus Kolberg, and "Lane", design: Jehs + Laub. Matsu Group, with branches in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Guangzhou, becomes RENZ partner in China.

2004

The cooperation with the designers Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub starts. "Size" receives numerous awards, i.e. the "Gold iF Design Award 2006" from the Industrieforum Hannover.

2000

The first program by Justus Kolberg, "Verso", already wins the "innovation price architecture and office" and the "red dot 2001" for outstanding design of the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen.

1990

RENZ focuses on office furniture and increases the collection with "Tao". From 1990 on RENZ only presents at the Orgatec.

1987

The program "Focus“, by Wolfgang C. R. Mezger, is a great success. It is a modular program of various table tops and storage elements for desks, conference tables, side- and highboards and a lectern.

1985

Davis Furniture in High point, NC starts the license production of RENZ products for America.

1982

With "Contur", Heiner Gölz designs a program for the executive office. In addition to the international furniture fair, RENZ also presents its products at the Orga-Technik – later Orgatec.

1982

With Eckart Renz, an new generation enters the business and takes over the management. In the early 80s, the transition from home furniture to office and project furnishing begins.

1977

The company moves to a new factory building in the industrial area Böblingen-Hulb.

1974

With "RENZ 800", Volker Laprell designs a dining and working table for the living space. However, it is sold mainly as a desk and becomes the first program for the "representative zone" (executive office, antechamber, conference room).

1972

Wilhelm RENZ KG becomes the Wilhelm RENZ GmbH + Co. KG.

1960

RENZ is able to cooperate with good designers. Together, they establish furniture, like the legendary height adjustable single column table and the RENZ wall board. These products are very successful and are often being copied.

1957

The company is once more extended by an additional building. In this year RENZ celebrates its 75th anniversary and already exports in 14 countries of the world.

1952

Since 1952 RENZ successfully attends the international furniture fair in Cologne.

1950

New materials and new ways of processing totally change the furniture production. It is now possible to do without right angles and symmetry. After the rational appropriate designs of the post-war time, creative and organic forms follow.

1941

After the death of Wilhelm Renz, the oldest son, Kurt Renz, takes over management and leads the company through the second world war into a new era. In 1943 RENZ becomes a limited partnership: Wilhelm RENZ KG.

1933

The company grows and is extended by an additional building. The years until the war are very successful. The typical RENZ-line of this time is "individual furniture for the living space."

1913

A new factory building is being constructed in Böblingen, Talstrasse 50 – the company moves. The appearance of modernity requires new solutions in ways of design of the home furniture.

1902

Wilhelm Renz, who has gained professional experiences in leading positions for companies at home and abroad, takes over the factory. Even back then it is an industrial serial production. The furniture assortment is versatile.

1882

The more than 135-year history starts in Stuttgart. On March 12, 1882, Otto Vetter founds a furniture manufactory. The enterprise exclusively produces seat furniture of particular quality within the first two decades.