RIIS Group was founded in 1965 and is an international family-owned company managed by 3rd and 4th generation in the RIIS family.
With more than 50 years of experience, we are one of Europe’s leading companies in designing, developing and creating spaces for retail stores, restaurants, cafes, offices and hotels. Spaces where people want to stay.
RIIS Headquarters is placed in Kolding, Denmark. We have local country setups in France, Spain, the UK and Germany as well as a local office in Pune, India. We have experience from operating in more than 45 countries across Europe, the Middle East, North America, India and Australia.
Besides our core competences in Design and Complete Solutions, RIIS Group also consists of two independent companies.
RIIS Carpentry is our carpentry and joinery business, where quality, technology and traditional craftsmanship go hand in hand. And RIIS Construction who provides building services both as total construction solutions, renovations or individual trade contracts.
Design has been an integrated part of RIIS Group for more than 25 years.
Our Danish design tradition has the power to improve people’s lives and create a positive impact on society – we enhance identity and design human behaviour.
Design embraces all departments in RIIS Group including our Complete Solutions.
employees in offices around the world
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50 years of accumulated experience and knowledge from more than 9,000 projects.
RIIS build on a tradition of craftsmanship and quality that goes back for generations. We are more than colleagues – we have grown to become a family of professionals. We are a team because we support each other and work together.
In RIIS we treat others as we want to be treated. With respect. Respect is a two-way street between us and our partners – they know more about their products and customers than anyone else, and we understand the crafts and materials used to create successful spaces. Therefore we form close alliances with our partners – we are connected.
We commit ourselves to our customers means that when we accept a project we acknowledge our obligation to provide the peace of mind that comes from high-quality craftsmanship, trustworthy budget and behaviour, and on-time delivery.
RIIS’ responsibility is to make sure everything turns out right despite all hindrances. And this we can only achieve by working together as a team.
We must be able to react quickly and professionally to changing trends and demonstrate openness to development of existing concepts.
We must regularly evaluate our efforts to ensure that we continue to deliver the high quality for which we are known.
We must have vision, confidence, and passion for the things we create – concerning both form and function.
We form close alliances with our partners, which build on mutual respect and trust, as well as a deep understanding of needs and concerns.
The products and services we provide are imbued with incredible passion and commitment.
The tale of RIIS is a story of passionate craftsmen, dedicated to delivering sustainable, beautiful and quality furniture, products and building work.
The story goes all the way back to 1965, where the company was founded by Harald Riis. With his passion for carpentry, he manufactured building elements for industrial buildings and over time specialized in restoration of historical buildings.
By 1970, the management was passed on to Harald’s eldest son, Tage Riis, who focused the company in the direction of craft elements and customized restoration. The restoration of the renowned castle, Koldinghus, Denmark, became his life’s work.
In 1981 Søren Riis, eldest son of Tage Riis, took over the management. With his passion for classic craftsmanship and modern technology, he chose to establish a carpentry business in 1983. He dedicated the company to custom-made furniture for offices, hotels, cafes, stores and custom restoration.
In 1999, H. Riis & Son was changed to RIIS Entreprise and which later became RIIS Carpentry. The design department was already established to work alongside the production of crafted furniture back in 1994 and has been an integrated part of the company ever since.
While RIIS Entreprise kept its focus on solid craftsmanship, furniture and inventory, RIIS Retail A/S was created as a separate company focusing on the retail industry. From there the business started to scale even more.
RIIS Retail started to play a major role in the retail market by designing, developing and delivering Complete Solutions for some of Scandinavia’s most popular retail brands including BESTSELLER brands like ONLY, JACK & JONES and VERO MODA – everything from brand and concept stores to shop-in-shops and pop-up stores.
In 2004, RIIS passed the 100-employee mark and in 2006, project no. 1,000 was completed. Just three years later in 2009, project no. 2,000 was completed. During this time, RIIS Retail evolved and started delivering complete solutions not just for retail stores but also cafes, offices, meeting rooms and restaurants.
In 2016, the 4th generation, Kristian Riis, takes over the day to day management in close collaboration with Søren Riis. The year after in 2017, project no. 5,000 was delivered.
Today, RIIS Group works as an umbrella organisation that handles all RIIS activities. We have evolved massively over the past 50 years, but Design, Complete Solutions, Carpentry, Construction and the love of craftsmanship are still the cornerstones of RIIS Group today.