Thomas Riley Studio is proud to present Lobmeyr Lighting from Austria, producers of some of the world‘s finest glass and crsytal products for nearly 200 years. Please contact us for a complete product list.
Lobmeyr is in its sixth generation as a family business today.
A love of the material, the emotional relationship with the product and the commitment of personal energy defined their method of working from the beginning. In this context each generation leaves its trace.
In 1823 Josef Lobmeyr senior founds the company in Vienna’s Weihburggasse and soon becomes Purveyor to the Imperial Court. Josef and Ludwig Lobmeyr (1855– 1917): Ludwig becomes the pioneer of Austrian/Bohemian crystal production and presents the company at the first World Fairs; in 1864 he is the co-founder of the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. Ludwig’s nephew Stefan Rath senior (1902–1960) leads Lobmeyr into the Modern Movement and is a co-founder of the Österreichischer Werkbund in 1912. Enduring classics are created in cooperation with Josef Hoffmann and the other artists of the Wiener Werkstätte. Hans Harald Rath (1938–1968) rebuilds Austrian crystal manufacture after the war and revolutionises the chandelier. An example of his work still hangs in the auditorium of the Vienna State Opera today. Harald, Peter and Stefan Rath (1968–2008) expand the company, enter the Arabic and Japanese markets and open a store in Salzburg. In 1972 the chandelier manufacturer Zahn (founded 1780) is acquired. Andreas, Leonid and Johannes Rath (from 2000) grow the international sales activities and focus on co-operations with a new generation of designers.
Tradition of Renewal
Though Lobmeyr continually focuses on the contemporary interpretation of glass, it has never stopped cultivating its heritage. The old inspires the new, traditional know-how facilitates innovation.
An astute eye for new movements has always characterised Lobmeyr’s work. Designers give new impulses, at the same time the past is made available for today: our unique archive documents almost 200 years of activity and is not just a treasure trove of samples, but also a source of inspiration. However, our day-to-day work with crystal is the primary breeding ground for new ideas. Our interest in glass and a constant dialogue with our craftspeople, designers and clients repeatedly leads to directional innovations. In 1856 Ludwig Lobmeyr introduced a, for the period, startlingly simple design with his “Trinkservice No.4” (Drinking set No.4) – still a design icon today. In 1883 Lobmeyr delivered the first electric chandelier – a worldwide sensation – to Vienna’s Imperial Palace. In the 1950s Hans Harald Rath designed the first chandelier using Swarovski strass. Adolf Loos’ water set with a cut base in 1929 anticipated the simple drinking glass still valid today, whereas a more recent product, “Liquid Skin” (2001), completely dissolves the conventional form.
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