John Geiger was born in Germany at the height of the Bauhaus. With the world soon at war, his family emigrated to Canada. He was only 14. After studying to become a master cabinetmaker in Toronto, he set up his workshop and in 1964 established the company that would become Geiger. His mastery of craft was matched by his integrity in business. Keeping his promise to a client meant everything to him. To complement the shop’s custom work, Geiger began developing standard lines of office furnishings, which reflected the influence of German modernism: an absence of ornamentation, a willingness to embrace mass production methods, and a harmonic balance of form and function.
Through the early years of his company, then known as Interiors International Ltd., John Geiger was not focused on design, per se. The products he produced were promoted as “furniture for architecture,” due to their ability to adapt to the vision of clients and their interior design partners. Though the company enjoyed large-scale growth, Geiger furniture maintained the quality of individually crafted furnishings, even while high-volume production methods became de rigueur.