Scanform was founded in May 17, 1961
To produce furniture of Scandinavian design to be marketed as a novelty in Colombia but also, from the beginning, with export ambitions. This was the basic idea of the company’ s founders – of Scandinavian origin – and hence the name of the company: Scandinavian form = forma Escandinava = SCANFORM.
1962 – The Pira System
This modular shelving system – with frames of extruded aluminium, with shelves and and storage units in wood – designed by the Swedish architect Olle Pira was a revolutionary idea in its time, allowing for a better use of vertical spaces.
1966 – Sirocco
The Sirocco chair by the Swedish designer Arne Norell was the first chair in wood and leather to be produced by Scanform and the first one in Colombia to be exported to the United States. This chair had an original design and with its conical assembling system and bronze fittings was also totally knock-down to be fitted into a small card-board box and thus possible to export by air.
1972 – the 800 collection
From the beginning Scanform concentrated on producing leather and wooden chairs designed by Swedish, Danish and Norwegian architects against royalties. A considerable part of the production could be exported thanks to the internationally acclaimed designs, the knock-down structure of the items and the materials – genuine leather and tropical woods.
1976 – Falcon
Looking for a ‘new and different technology’ Scanform opted for a process of laminating and moulding multi-layered wood veneer under high frequency compression. The first laminated item was the Falcon chair, designed by the Norwegian architect Sigurd Ressel. Scanform was pioneer in Colombia laminating wood veneer with HF-technique, which today remains as a vital process in Scanform’s production.
1976 – 1982
During this period Scanform presented an ample collection of laminated wooden furniture. This new technology made it possible to elaborate furniture parts with great physical resistance and in shapes impossible to obtain with solid wood.
1982 – 1987
On August 11, 1982 Scanform’s plant burned down with a complete loss of machinery, equipment and furniture in process. In March 1983 production could start again thanks to the perseverance to go ahead, a helping hand by friends, accumulated experience and the joining of new and capable employees.
In 1986 Scanform was associated with a new plant (Scandilineas) producing casegoods: desks, conference tables, shelving systems, auxiliary tables, cafeteria & restaurant tables – all a complement to the chair collection hitherto in production.
1994 – Banquet
Scanform presents a new collection ment for high-traffic, casual eating areas: light-weight chairs with shells of form-pressed veneer with metallic bases together with tables in a variety of sizes – all in an ample range of colours and forms allowing for personalized projects.
2001 – Bistro
The Bistro collection is an inviting and versatile line for cafeterias and restaurants with benches in different materials and wooden chairs upholstered in a variety of colours. The Bistro collection signifies Scanform’s entry in a market different from office furnishing.
2011 – Summit
Summit is a comprehensive office furniture collection conceived for executive office environments. Summit’s straight-forward and responsive design reflects solidity as well as lightness. Summit is innovative executive office furniture made of materials like engineered veneer in solid colours and outfitted to accommodate and support technology.
2012 – Aktiva
Scanform designed Aktiva to be a new free-standing office collection, representing the latest trends and styles in workstation furniture. Aktiva has carefully selected details that combine simplicity of design with high aesthetics and functional standards.
Aktiva= flexible, modular, easy to rearrange, collaborative.
2015 Versatile Living Spaces
A dynamic company alert to change and always disposed to suggest versatile furniture solutions to create efficient work spaces.
We are in permanent development in order to offer integral and durable furnishing solutions to our clients.