In 1992 two young furniture makers Jochem Reichenberg and Volker Weiss produced a garden bench and table set for Volker’s parents in Westphalia northern Germany. This stunningly simple and robust furniture was the beginning of the R+W Collection of furniture for outdoors which now graces offices, universities, factories and public spaces across Europe.
Using a powerful palate of galvanised steel, European larch, German limestone and Italian basalt, the collection combines materials to create tables and benches of powerful architectural form.
In 2007, recognised by BMW as producers of furniture of exceptional quality, Reichenberg and Weiss were asked to create a range in keeping with the design of their bold new Central Building in Leipzig, designed by Zaha Hadid. The result was the A16 all galvanised collection, an exercise in pure functionality and simplicity of materials.
The recent split of the partnership has created an extra dimension to this tale and in addition to the original collections as Volker Weiss now creates stunning bespoke galvanised seating systems in conjunction with Sunsquare sails.