On April 6, 2019, product designer Wilhelm Wagenfeld visited drinking glass manufacturer Stölzle Lausitz. With this, the Bauhaus student, who was artistic director at the Vereinigte Lausitzer Glaswerke (VLG), a predecessor company of Stölzle Lausitz, from 1935 to 1947, returned to his old workplace after a good 70 years. This time, of course, in the form of an actor, played by Heiner Bomhard. He was accompanied by the company's former architect Ernst Neufert, whose role was played by actor Sebastian Straub.
During their visit, Wagenfeld (1900-1990) and Neufert (1900-1986) met the current plant manager of Stölzle Lausitz, Ronald Brieger. It was an exciting encounter, as today's finely blown drinking glasses and glass products are of course very different from those produced in the mid-20th century. The encounter took place for a project in the context of 100 years of Bauhaus.
The visit by the two special guests was part of a series of activities and events to mark the 130th anniversary of drinking glass manufacturer Stölzle Lausitz. What began in 1889 with candy and medicine glasses is now a traditional brand. Stölzle Lausitz is particularly good at producing stemmed glasses, where predominantly the stem is pulled directly from the goblet (and not added later). Such glasses are convincing - without seams and tangible transitions - due to their excellent feel, which comes close to mouth-blown glasses, as well as dishwasher resistance and increased breakage resistance. Stölzle glasses are mainly exported to the gastronomy and hotel industry in over 120 countries around the world. As a result, Stölzle Lausitz is now a globally recognized stemware specialist and Germany's No. 1 producer of the most wine and champagne glasses (goblets) with drawn stems.