Metal! Or maybe not?
The Value of the Surface

The same is true for our interior outfitting, as is often the case in life: the most complicated and beautiful content is only recognized as such, if the appearance is right. We plan and manufacture the most complex technological integrations and the hardiest of substructures. However, if the outer appearance is not perfect, this all seems to be worth only half as much. The surface is the part that can be experienced sensually, you can see it, feel it and sometimes even smell it. We are very aware of this. A separate veneer department and excellently equipped finishing department - both in terms of technology and personnel – are able to meet the highest expectations. Often the search for a specific finishing effect is the initiative for our own experiments. We are very pragmatic - just like our company founder Karl Schmidt: What’s the problem? Let's get down to it!

Take, for example, the subject of ꞌmetallisationꞌ.

Does something that looks like metal, always have to be metal? This is a question which can be hotly disputed and which has already caused many raised tempers in the history of architecture. We approach the issue very openly, as has always been the case in Deutsche Werkstätten when dealing with new techniques or materials. It could be called pragmatism - or curiosity. If weight has to be saved and the element should appear to be metal, … Why shouldn’t the substrate be something else, something lighter, which looks like solid metal? No sooner said, then done: The specialists in our finishing department rolled up their sleeves and looked for an answer. It’s called "metallisation".

The benefits of this process are obvious: shapes which cannot be fabricated in solid metal or which can be manufactured only with great time and financial expenditure can be produced more easily and inexpensively this way. Sometimes metal optics are now also possible in areas where solid metal cannot be used.

Such examples are common, but without the tinkers and the curious, the undaunted and stubborn in our ranks, that wouldn’t be possible. They always do more than is actually expected of them and strive for perfection and, in most cases, they achieve it.