In 1871, Albert Stoll I. (1836-1897) together with Max Klock as the second part-owner sets up the "Stoll & Klock" chair factory in Waldshut. After Klock leaves, the company in 1879, the company changes its name to "Albert Stoll".
Approximately two to three dozen employees in this factory make chairs out of bent wood. Waldshut offers good conditions for production. The most important raw material, beechwood, grows very close by in the Rhine Valley. In this barely industrialised region, Albert Stoll I. finds a sufficient number of workers. In the surrounding villages, he easily hires homeworkers willing to work for a comparatively low wage to make wickerwork chairs. From 1856, Waldshut is connected to the railway network, which is being expanded. This is a prerequisite for distribution of the products as long as there is no fast, effective and inexpensive means of road transport.
When the founder of the company dies in 1897 at the age of 61, he leaves behind a wife, three daughters and a 15-year-old son, Albert Stoll II. The wife of the deceased, Bertha, runs the factory as a successful business woman. People therefore start to call her the "chair maker".