About VS America

Our Story

The VS legacy began in Germany when a predecessor manufactured a robust piece of furniture with cast iron side pieces and movable pendulum seats. He called it the Columbus bench. In 1891, it was awarded a gold medal at the inventor’s fair in Paris.

For over 100 years, VS has been the leading producer of educational furniture and integrated systems for offices and institutions. We have also expanded to include ergonomic furniture, living spaces, storage solutions, visual equipment and more.


Our Products

At VS America, we offer a wide range of products, including seating, tables, workspaces, storage and visual equipment. With a variety of chairs designed to meet the specific needs of students and educators, our seating collections are inspired by movement and the desire to learn.

Bodies in Motion, Brains in Motion

At VS, we believe that successful learning must engage the body, mind and soul. Our designs encourage mobility and natural human curiosity. The PantoMove swivel chair is not only adjustable for pupil height, it’s also equipped with a 3D movement mechanism that allows for full adjustment.

Office Furniture

Our intuitively-designed furniture is crafted for offices and workspaces of all types. From the Series 901 table system with its angular functionality to the colorful impressions of the Verner Panton collection, our collections are vast in range and function in order to inspire productivity and wellbeing in the workplace.

Our Milestones

The history of VS furniture spans over two world wars, countless patents and a few notable inventions. Take a look at the milestones that redefined common school furniture, revolutionized learning and established VS as the world’s leading professional furniture supplier.

Columbus Bench

When vocational teacher, Albert Ramminger, and his brother-in-law operated a steam joinery in a newly erected factory, the Columbus bench was born. To this day, VS furniture is manufactured in Tauberbischofsheim, the patent home of the Columbus bench.

Free-Standing School Seating

In the 1920’s, VS introduced free-standing school seating. By separating desk and chair, a pupil was able to move and modify their workspace. Its tubular steel construction enabled it to save space, thus allowing mobility and revolutionized learning.

KN 38 Stackable

In 1954, Karl Nothhelfer designed the KN 38 chair. With its slender frame and practical stackability, this innovative chair is used in classrooms and offices today. During the 1950’s, VS also shifted its focus from student benches to fully moveable chairs.

VS Goes International

A portion of the Germany Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair showcased VS student furniture, including new tables and swivel chairs constructed with tubular steel.

Collaboration with Verner Panton

In 1994, VS started collaborating with German design legend, Verner Panton, on a line that included the cantilever PantoSwing and students’ swivel PantoMove chairs.


Established in 2003, VS America is a furniture supplier located in North Carolina. Through our work, we have brought the ergonomic and inclusive design concept into the 21st century through the application of universal design for dynamic school and office furniture.

Throughout our history, our drive to manufacture superior, ergonomic and long-lasting furniture remains unchanged.

If you would like to learn more about our ergonomic school and office furniture, please contact our showroom at 704-378-6500 or email info@vs-charlotte.com.


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