Timeline

1873 Company founder Karl Schmidt was born in Zschopau (Saxony, Germany).
1887 - 1892 Schmidt finishes his carpentry apprenticeship in Zschopau.
1892 - 1896 Nomad/journeyman years. Schmidt travels to Copenhagen, Stockholm, London and Berlin.
1 Oct 1898 Schmidt establishes a construction and furniture carpentry factory, in the same year managed under the name: “Dresdner Werkstätten für Handwerkskunst Schmidt und Engelbrecht”.
1899 Company renamed: “Dresdner Werkstätten für Handwerkskunst Schmidt und Müller”.
1899 Participation in the German Art Exhibition in Dresden.
1899/1900 Participation in the “Folk Exhibition for Home and Hearth” in Dresden. Saxon state award.
1900 World exhibition in Paris. Three bronze medals.
1901 International art exhibition in Dresden. Large golden plaque.
1901 Müller dies. 1902 fresh start with sixty employees.
1902 First international exhibition for modern decorative art in Turin (Italy). State medallion.
1904 World exhibition in St. Louis. One grand prize, several gold, silver and bronze medals.
1905 Company name: “Dresdner Werkstätten für Handwerkskunst Karl Schmidt”.
1906 Certificate of merit for the machine-made furniture marketed as “Dresden Household Units”.
1907 Company name: “Deutsche Werkstätten für Handwerkskunst Karl Schmidt”.
1907 Karl Schmidt is co-founder and member of the Deutscher Werkbund (“German Work Federation”, located at the respective seat of “Deutsche Werkstätten” until 1910).
1907 Merged with the “Werkstätten für Wohnungseinrichtung Karl Bertsch”, Munich, to: “Deutsche Werkstätten für Handwerkskunst G.m.b.H., Dresden und München”. 250 employees.
1908 Founding of the Hellerau Garden City company and the Hellerau Building Society.
1909 Groundbreaking for the Hellerau factory. Design: Richard Riemerschmid.
1910 Groundbreaking for the Hellerau Festspielhaus (festival theatre). Design: Heinrich Tessenow.
1913 “Deutsche Werkstätten” incorporation. Drawing on the design talents of twenty architects, “Dresden Household Units” is expanded to “German Household Units”.
1914 Participation in the Work Federation exhibition in Cologne.
1923 Foundation of De-We-Tex, the textile arm of Deutsche Werkstätten.
1927 “Inexpensive Dwelling” developed according to Adolf Schneck’s designs.
1937 “The Growing Home” developed according to Bruno Paul’s designs. Participation in the world exhibition in Paris. Several medals.
1946 Company dissolution and expropriation.
1948 Karl Schmidt dies in Hellerau.
1951 The company is converted to ‘people’s property’ as the “VEB Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau”. The ensuing years see “custom-finished” interior design and furnishing of numerous properties.
1957 Sectional furniture, 602 series, from Franz Ehrlich.
Since 1950 Production of non-cut furniture.
Since 1967 Assembly furniture developed in grid system (MDW programme) from the Rudolf Horn design collective.
1991 Company converted to a GmbH (private limited company).
1992 Denationalisation by Treuhand (the agency entrusted with privatising East Germany’s state-owned companies) in conjunction with a management buy-in.
Since 1993 Concentration on high-quality interior design.
1995 Entered into yacht business.
1996 Competition for new production facilities.
1997 Foundation of Grundbesitz Hellerau GmbH (real estate), 1998 divisioning of the real estate workshop complex from the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau GmbH company. Group reorganisation gets underway.
1999 Began assuming general contractor activities for interior design projects.
2000 Intensified development of property work to become the centre of competence and excellence for interior design.
2001 Development of lightweight structures for yacht interiors.
Since 2003 Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau GmbH opens to the European market, preparation for global operations.
2005/06 New company premises built in Hellerau.
2006 The company moves into its new head office at No 68 Moritzburger Weg, opposite the ‘Schraubzwinge’.
2006 The company goes international with the founding of a subsidiary in Russia.
2008 Founding of the subsidiary company ‘Deutsche Werkstätten D&B’ and ‘Deutsche Werkstätten Lebensräume’
2012 As well as a subsidiary in Moscow, the company also has sales representatives in England, France and for the Asia Pacific area. Deutsche Werkstätten employs well over 230 people around the world.