It's Always Been That Way
It’s been that way since 1964. That’s when Robert, Eric and Frank Zoebelein, along with their cousin, Fred Drechsel, launched Reff Furniture to seize an opportunity. Against the backdrop of the social revolution of the 1960s, the brothers saw a way to revolutionize office furniture. At the time, architects designed office buildings and workspaces. Furniture makers designed office furniture.
But, what if an architect got into designing and creating office furniture?
The result fostered an unprecedented marriage of form and function. One that not only showcased a clean, modern aesthetic, but incorporated the ideas of ergonomics, optimized spaces and improved workflows.
Fast forward to the 1980s and Reff kept the revolution rolling with the launch of a new generation of systems furniture.
Their success and unique approach soon caught the attention of the Knoll Group, a world leader in business furniture design and craftsmanship. And Knoll spotted something else in Reff that only they could appreciate. The company was founded by Hans Knoll, a furniture maker, and Florence Knoll, an architect.
Drechsel Business Interiors Takes Flight
Spotting yet another opportunity to make a difference in the provision of business furniture, Fred Drechsel founded Drechsel Business Interiors in 1991. The new company quickly became one of the largest Knoll dealers in Canada. Drechsel solved a problem for architects and designers. They now had a single source for outfitting their business interiors; from planning and procurement, to installation and maintenance.
Today, Drechsel continues our long partnership with Knoll. We continue to expand our product and service offering to meet the ever-changing needs of workplaces and their designers. And we continue to seek out more and better ways to serve you.
Meet The Team
Chris, has worked the contract office furniture industry for 31 years.
With many years of experience and knowledge in office furniture, he has been working in both office sales and operational services. His ultimate goals are to provide the utmost level of customer service and to build great client relationships.
Andrew has spent over fifteen years in Business Development. He has worked with industry leaders like IBM and UPS and is an expert in Supply Chain Management. Andrew has successfully led strategic accounts and demonstrated a high-level of commitment to customer service and project execution. In addition to managing the Corporate Sales team, Andrew also manages the Technical Specifications group, Client Services and Drechsel Studio.
Donald is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the company and overall financial management and growth at Drechsel. Donald brings over 20 years experience in financial advisement to the contract furniture industry.
Donald has extensive analytical experience in cost management, performance management and strategic planning and directs the firm’s day-to-day operations and reporting systems. He also supervises the finance, administration, information technology and human resource functions at Drechsel.
To help you, our customer, meet or exceed your strategic business and design goals.
We will realize our vision by listening to you first. Then we will source, supply, install, reconfigure and maintain new and existing furniture products. And we will do so while delivering the highest level of customer service and accountability that we can achieve.