L&C Stendal works on the remains of a factory that was once the largest manufacturer of tubular steel furniture in Europe.
If you visited the workshops today, you'd be amazed at the high degree of manual work at this manufacturer and the seemingly unlimited possibilities of bent tubes.
Stendal also produced for the legendary Bauhaus, but the company's history also includes producing an almost infinite range of functional furniture for hospitals, the military and aviation. Craftsmanship combined with a museum-like archive naturally challenges Formost to bring young designers together with these steel benders.
Tubular steel performs functions like no other material in the modern age, and the form must be redefined every time it is used.
Tradition. innovation. Design with character.
It all began with a garden chair at the end of the 19th century, and the idea of father and son Arnold setting up their own factory. With the start of garden chair production in Schorndorf, the founding fathers laid the foundations for building the factory in Stendal.
By the end of the 19th century, the time had come for the factory site in Stendal to be developed. The product range was expanded: washstands, slides and bottle cabinets made of metal were produced and sold. The spirit of the times found its place in the Stendal factory hall. Due to the spatial proximity to the Bauhaus Dessau, the most fruitful phase of the collaboration between the Star architects and design greats of the Bauhaus era developed in terms of design.
Many of these then-revolutionary designs still form the cornerstones of the L&C collection today. The basic idea of the Bauhaus era: to combine functionality with clear design that is applied more than ever before in the development of new products. This guiding idea gives the L&C Stendal range its strong expressiveness and uniqueness. At the heart of the manufacturing process is high-quality tubular steel, which is processed using wood, virgin wool and leather to create tangible designs with L&C standards.
At L&C, tradition and innovation meet. The result: design with character.