A defining element of our work ethic is to acknowledge that “there is always room for improvement!” Jan Jacobsen, Managing Director of Deutsche Wekstätten, explains how the company really comes into its own when confronted with a challenge. It is the approach and attitude of its employees who, when faced with a task of undefined dimensions and specifications, do not shy away from a job but instead have the courage to step into unknown territory, taking on a seemingly precarious task. Deutsche Werkstätten knows it can rely on the expertise and know-how of its employees who have many years of experience working with unusual materials and forms and the application of advanced technologies. Technical and scientific support is provided by the company’s own R&D laboratory. If for example the necessary software does not exist, then the DW laboratory will develop it. Likewise calculating costs for complex one-off products does not pose a problem. DW, which develops almost entirely unique products, has a vast expertise in this area.
In terms of construction or production times, the company has the capacity to ensure the flexibility required whether it be meeting tight deadlines or catering for open-end-projects. Jan Jacobsen cites various examples of fast track projects such as the hand-over in just 15 months of a large villa (over 4000 square metres) for which DW organised over 150 cabinet makers and installers to work on site.
Or the example of the private library in London commissioned in the expressionist style of Antoni Gaudi. After two firms had failed to deliver, it was Deutsche Werkstätten that came to the rescue and through a combination of high-tech and craftsmanship was able to realise the clients dream.
“Where there is a will there is a way! We will always find a solution.”