John Geiger’s Interiors International Limited (IIL) began as a 2,000-square-foot custom shop with four craftsmen in Toronto, Ontario. Primarily fabricating architecturally designed office furnishings, the company’s sales reached $50,000 (Canadian) in its first few years. IIL soon relocated to a 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and expanded to 35 craftsmen. While still producing custom wood furniture, the company began to develop a standard line of office furnishings.
The foundation for Geiger’s contemporary case goods was an innovative system designed by Jan Kuypers in 1968. The Kuypers series was a comprehensive modular system of interrelated desks, tables, credenzas and storage units, which helped Geiger’s sales grow to $500,000 (Canadian).