The Lehni manifesto. Our manifesto sums up the principles and convictions that guide our actions.
- Harmony of form, function, and formal beauty
- Simple elegance
- Focused on the essentials
- Radically conceived
- Timeless quality
- Sustainable in action
- Always authentic and open-minded
“In everything we do, we always focus on the essentials: Everything by Lehni is radically conceived and masterfully crafted in a harmonious interplay of function, quality, and formal beauty. Aesthetics is never an end in itself, but always follows from function. Our products always remain what they should be: A shelf is a shelf, just as a wardrobe is simply an elegant and practical way to store your clothes. Functional and durable objects with a high practical value. Of simple elegance, and unmistakable in their style. Objects you don’t want to replace because they belong to you. Objects you never have to replace because they stand the test of time.”
A family business since 1922. Lehni has always been associated with metalworking as well as art and culture. Lehni furniture is characterised by a timeless quality and is made in Switzerland. Since the sixties, our aluminium furniture, in particular, has shaped the design culture in Switzerland.
Selected product creators and designers. Lehni has always worked with experts who share our basic design principles and our radical philosophy of living. Together we will continue to create functional, durable objects that are sophisticated and produced in an economical fashion that is in line with the existing Lehni collection.
Between craft and culture: the beginnings in Zurich Hottingen. In 1922, Rudolf Lehni senior (1885–1956) opened a sheet metal workshop not far from the Kunsthaus Zurich. Over the last 100 years, the workshop has evolved into Lehni as we know it. Read the whole history here
“A chair is made to sit on, a painting is made to look at. Yet beauty is present in both disciplines.” Andreas Christen is a guiding figure at Lehni and a legend in furniture design. Read the whole history here
Collaboration with artists. Starting in 1984, Donald Judd had his furniture objects manufactured by Lehni. The collaboration resulted in 15 different pieces of furniture, available in powder-coated aluminium, sheet copper, or brass. All the pieces are numbered and stamped. Read the whole history here