For over 125 years now, we have been converting the ordinary office into a place full of life – vitalising spaces
It all started in 1896, when still under the age of 18, Jacobus Ahrend Jacobus Ahrend discovered his entrepreneurial calling and with the help of his mother he started to sell home accessories directly from their living room. The history of the company bearing his name serves to this day as inspiration and encouragement in facing the challenges of the day and in the development of new approaches to designing the workplace environment of the future.
Discover the rich company history and get to know some of the remarkable projects and designs that we have delivered and created over the years.
Jiří Kejval and Martin Kulík established TECHO in Prague. IKEA was among its first major clients. Initially we supplied them with table lamps, but soon extended this to include a very successful range of office accessories that sold around the world.
Production of TECHO office furniture
TECHO commenced production of office furniture – initially in cooperation with German firm Gesika. The following year production moved to a new premises, the site of the former “Dřevozpracující podnik Praha”. With this move we continued the tradition of furniture production on the Prague Hostivař site dating back to the 1950s.
In response to the division of Czechoslovakia the company established its first foreign branch in Slovakia.
Techo becomes fully integrated within Ahrend
From January 1, 2021, and after 30 years as TECHO, the company takes on the name of its owner and continues under the common brand Ahrend. One of the most modern furniture factories in Central and Eastern Europe is being built in Prague Hostivař.