Kris Van Puyvelde and Frank Boschman first met at university in Antwerp Belgium while studying to become engineers. Many years later in 1992, they met up again, each wanting to start their own business. Together they wanted to start importing teak outdoor furniture from Indonesia; however, they quickly discovered that the products were of poor quality and were manufactured only in a colonial style. Undeterred, they decided that they could create better designs and improve the quality of the furniture. Within days the company was formed and named Royal Botania, an allusion to both the natural beauty of lush botanical gardens and the matching supreme â€œroyal classâ€ furniture they were about to create.