The philosophy of the family-run company, now in the hands of the fourth generation, has been shaped by an awareness of quality, craftsmanship and precision ever since the company was founded as a saddlery in 1896. Working in partnership with well-known architects, production of the company’s first furniture pieces began in the 1950s. Today, Wittmann employs both young Austrian designers and internationally renowned designers. As a company, Wittmann also believes in re-visiting designs by major Austrian architects and designers, which remain relevant today thanks to their timeless nature and high level of quality. The Josef Hoffmann recreation and Friedrich Kiesler re-edition are the result of this homage to Austrian design culture.
Sustainability and durability are two of the company’s central themes. The decision in favour of manual production to a high standard at the company’s Etsdorf site is sustainable on many levels and conserves resources. By keeping the production site where it is, the firm is able to train highly skilled and gifted employees itself, maintaining a high level of craftsmanship, and therefore product quality, over the generations. The exclusive use of hand-picked materials as well as incomparable sitting and reclining comfort are hallmarks of a true Wittmann piece.