Based in Basel, Switzerland, YOHANN is a brand of Sillber AG, a small design studio passionate about sustainably designing and crafting aesthetic accessories for Apple products.
Berend is the founder of Sillber AG and the main inventor of YOHANN products. He and his team share a great passion for designing products combining functionality with a reduced design and quality materials.
HISTORY OF YOHANN
Berend became a big fan of the iPads minimalist design and its mobility since its launch in 2010, however he missed a comfortable support when using the iPad in fixed locations like at home or in his office. At the same time, as a professional architect, he had the knowledge and desire to design a product fusing functionality, intuitive use and a high aesthetic value. The idea of YOHANN iPAD stand was thus conceived.
After designing the iPad stand by making structural computations, producing many prototypes and getting positive feedback from iPad users, the next steps were aimed at setting up the ecosystem of manufacturing partners who helped realised the finished product. Without the close collaboration with specialized manufacturers nearby, mixing new technologies and traditional craftsmanship, the launch of the YOHANN iPad stand would not have been possible.
The name YOHANN makes reference to the district in Basel called St. Johann (pronounced ‘Yohann’ in german), where our company Sillber AG is located. In addition, in Switzerland the name YOHANN traditionally stands for an appreciated and discrete butler, always being at someone’s service.
Our first product, the YOHANN iPad stand was launched on Kickstarter crowdfunding platform in Autumn 2014. The launch was a phenomenal success, having raised the funding goal in less then 5 days, with a final overfunding of 275%. As rewards, more than 1100 products were shipped to backers from all over the world.