The Art of Woodcraft

The Art of Woodcraft

A Legacy of Craft

In Toronto in 1964, John Geiger parlayed a passion for woodworking and doing work well into a handcrafted furniture business. Then known as "interiors international limited" (IIL), the company employed four craftsmen, who built each piece of furniture by hand, one office at a time. IIL gained a reputation for extraordinary quality and reliability, characteristics not generally associated with office furniture at the time. John Geiger's love of and respect for the materials he worked with, combined with his appetite for perfection, eventually led him to set new international standards for commercial furniture manufacturing.

Old World meets new

As demand grew, John Geiger realized he had to invent new methods to manufacture more efficiently while retaining the craftsmanship of hand-made furniture. In the 1970s, he translated the concepts of hand making high-quality furniture to production-line methods, which continued to include handwork for processes he believed could not be replicated well in mass production.

 

This same philosophy holds true today. While many processes became automated as manufacturing technologies improved over the decades, several steps are still accomplished by skilled craftspeople today. These include veneer selection and layup, custom color matching, hand finishing of wood chair frames and hand-sewn upholstering.

Geiger casegoods and conference furniture are made at our headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, by a diverse group of talents dedicated to upholding John Geiger's legacy of quality. Meticulously selected materials are carefully transformed from raw materials into offices of enduring beauty and performance.

Geiger's North Carolina facility crafts all of our seating and occasional tables, providing state-of-the-art wood carving, finishing and upholstering. Precise and intricate computer-controlled machine carving keeps each chair true to its original design and ensures absolute consistency from chair to chair. Only premium-grade solid woods are used, and mortise-and-tenon joinery is employed for maximum structural integrity and a long service life.

Precise Fit and Finish

All Geiger furniture must pass a final pre-assembly quality check before shipment. Cases are assembled to ensure proper fit and operation of doors and drawer hardware, and every component of an office is inspected for consistency of finish. A piece may be rejected by any Geiger team member at any point in the process, and a component that does not pass inspection is then corrected or remade if necessary. These rigorous checks ensure a smooth installation and the premium fit and finish our customers have come to expect from Geiger.

2 by 3 Stool

2 by 3 Stool

Graceful, sculptural curves and intricate carving are made possible on Geiger chair frames by advanced technology that ensures fidelity to the original design as well as consistency from chair to chair.

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Tablet Casegoods

Tablet Casegoods

Tablet exemplifies the rigorous standards to which all Geiger furniture is held. Stringent quality checks at every step assure exquisite detailing and superb fit and finish in every office of furniture we build.

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