The story of Wilde + Spieth dates back to 1831. Back then, carpentry made by local craftsmen was the core of our business. Long-lasting quality has been our focus point since the beginning. That is how the collaboration with famous German architect Egon Eiermann came to be in the late 1940s. A decisive turning point for our company.
Egon Eiermann designed iconic chairs and tables in close collaboration with Wilde + Spieth, using plywood and steel as materials. Wilde + Spieth has also been developing chairs for musicians for decades. Some of the worlds most renowned orchestras, such as the Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg, have chosen our products. Today, Wilde + Spieth sees itself as a forward-looking company with a focus on sustainability, outstanding service and the highest quality standards. We manufacture our products with attention to detail and sense of materiality – modern classics beloved by architects, stylists, designers and design lovers worldwide.
“Our motivation is the creativity, the commitment to quality and the attention to detail of the people who work for us and with us.”
Thomas Gerber, Managing Director
Focusing on the essentials
Meanwhile, we do not take quality for granted because quality is the sum of several equally important steps. To us, a chair is not just a chair, for instance, but an object that must adhere to human-scale values such as ergonomic requirements, tactile surfaces, natural materials and items that must keep an aligned balance between function and aesthetics. This is what makes quality design last a lifetime and can pass through generations. To us, all this is what makes a true classic. Spare parts ensure that our classics can be repaired and do not have to be disposed of.
Other core values include local manufacturing and sustainability. Therefore, the wood that we use all originates from Germany and is processed at our supplier just outside the German town Brakel. And for every tree we use, a new tree is planted, because we too feel that the world and the environment that surrounds us is a common responsibility.
When the German architect and designer Egon Eiermann (1904-1970) first made his name internationally at the Brussels World Exhibition with eight glass and steel pavilions created in collaboration with the Bauhaus architect Sep Ruf, he has already been on of the leading German architects. Before and during as well as after the war, he contributed to the construction of buildings of great importance for his country and his age. He became especially wellknown for the building of the new Gedächtnis-Kirche in Berlin, which became a symbol of West Berlin in the post-war years.
Egon Eiermann was a perfectionist to the smallest detail, and like several of his contemporary designers, he also created the interior for several of the buildings he constructed, including the furniture. Some of the early examples include the three-legged chair SE 42 from 1949, and the swivel chair SGB 197. His most important designs include the SE68 Muli purpose chair and not least the SE 18 Folding Chair, probably Eiermann’s most well-known chair ever, designed for the German producer Wilde + Spieth. The chair won The Good Design Award at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1953, and the silver medal at the Triennale in Milan in 1954. An obvious element of Eiermann’s view on design was the emphasis on both function and ergonomics, and he was uncompromising, when it came to finding the perfect form.
Polish-American architect, Daniel Libeskind is an international figure in architecture and urban design. Informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, and literature, Mr. Libeskind aims to create architecture that is resonant, original, and sustainable. Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City to oversee the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment, which is being realized in Lower Manhattan today. Daniel Libeskind’s practice is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural and commercial projects around the globe. The Studio has completed buildings that range from museums and concert halls to convention centers, university buildings, hotels, shopping centers and residential towers. As Principal Design Architect for Studio Libeskind , Mr. Libeskind speaks widely on the art of architecture in universities and professional summits. His architecture and ideas have been the subject of many articles and exhibitions, influencing the field of architecture and the development of cities and culture.