Of course, looking back on the development of Deutsche Werkstätten it has not all been plain sailing. There have indeed been setbacks along the way and the Russian operation is a good example of how staying power and endurance can pay off in the end. It all started with the appointment for fitting out a private residence in Moscow. Soon after, Deutsche Werkstätten opened its Russian subsidiary on the outskirts of Moscow. Daniel Neumann, then Managing Director of Deutsche Werkstätten Interior (DWI) recalls how it all began.
'Between 2006 and 2012 we had our work cut out just to survive. We imported second-hand machines from Germany and kept our heads above water with a series of smaller contracts. But we never lost faith and, in 2013, we finally succeeded in securing a number of large-scale projects which allowed us to grow.'
'The commission for a large private residence in 2014 was a key turning - point and DWI Moscow went from being a joinery workshop producing beautiful furniture to a company producing quality interiors, with the capacity to fit out large-scale spaces (thousands of square metres) with bespoke high-quality interiors.'
In 2018, Deutsche Werkstätten Interiors moved to a new production facility almost four times the size of the previous one. DWI has now successfully positioned itself in Moscow as a recognized general contractor for entire European quality architecture projects and interior outfitting. The hard work and perseverance paid off in the end!
Now Deutsche Werkstätten, like everyone else, is watching the news about the war in the Ukraine in a state of shock and is affected by it both emotionally and commercially. At the moment, work on the projects can still proceed as planned. Our aim is to continue to process orders as best we can in the future.