In 1872 Albert Stoll I established a chair factory in Koblenz. It produced bentwood chairs for cafés, hotels and stores. Starting in 1919, his son, Albert Stoll II, concentrated on the development and production of office chairs.
In 1926 he invented the "spring swivel", the first swivel chair with a suspension system, and had it patented worldwide. The brand name "Giroflex" (turn and flex), introduced in 1948, can be traced back to this invention. Giroflex expanded.
In 1949 the first foreign production and distribution facility was established in Belgium. This was followed by a production site in Brazil and branch offices in Germany, the Netherlands and France.
The main production facility and the centre for research and development remained in Koblenz. From 1962 cooperation was established with internationally recognized ergonomists. This led to ergonomically designed chairs oriented to the needs of people who must remain seated for longer periods of time.