Akante was created due to two people from Lille meeting. Both passionate about design and industry, Olivier Vanhaecke and Olivier Tocino wish to revolutionise the universe of contemporary furniture.
It all begins in Chicago. Olivier Tocino is the sales manager for a french industry group, Olivier Vanhaecke for another french company. During a lunch organised by the French-American Chamber of Commerce, they meet.
They immediately become friends and decide to remain in contact although Olivier Vanhaecke was to leave for Japan and join a french offfice design company.
Olivier Tocino then leaves for China where he will first live in Pekin then in Shanghai.
They both come back to France. The idea of a company that would be able to answer to the dire need of originality and innovation in France's furniture field slowly begins to form.