The story behind Xilobis
Without the dream or vision of being able to make and sell a flexible furniture system with innovative bindings Xilobis would not exist. This belief in a solution and the requisite perseverance will continue to shape the company's ideas. Because Xilobis embodies several years of persistent development of a new type of furniture system whose flexible connections clearly set it apart from the rest of the field. From the creation of the idea in 2003 to a mature prototype that could be produced efficiently on a production line, much time has passed and some financial hardship had to be suffered. Many attempts were needed before the right materials could be processed so precisely that the full flexibility of the furniture could be supported by the sophisticated interplay of ball, cable, wood and precisely milled cavities and the desired stability was ensured. The product, which has been perfected over a number of years, is protected by patent and despite scarce advertising has a growing, extremely loyal and satisfied customer base. In 2012, the new binding method was awarded the Lignum Prize. The dream has become a reality - or are you still using screws?
The history of ball and cable
In 2001 they met at the Holzpreis Schweiz furniture design awards and two years later the innovative ball and cord binding system was born. While Mario Bissegger then optimized a procedure in which he could replace plugs and screws with steel balls, Stefan Pluess was awarded a prize for designing furniture which was fastened together with cables. But it was the combination of the two binding components which enabled the development of a practical yet elegant piece of furniture. In addition to the flexibility of design, which requires no tools or tedious screws, the positive benefits of this binding system are that it is light, space-saving, can be transported when moving and takes up little space when stored.
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