Lobmeyr is in its sixth generation as a family business today. A love of the material, the emotional relationship with the product and the commitment of personal energy defined our method of working from the beginning. In this context each generation leaves its trace.
Lobmeyr glasses are first mouthblown, then cut, engraved and polished by hand, every single product is handled with the care of at least 18 hands during production. Many details are taken into consideration for the perfect balance of shape and function.
In 1823 Josef Lobmeyr senior founds the company in Vienna’s Weihburggasse and soon becomes Purveyor to the Imperial Court. Josef and Ludwig Lobmeyr (1855– 1917): Ludwig becomes the pioneer of Austrian/Bohemian crystal production and presents the company at the first World Fairs; in 1864 he is the co-founder of the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. Ludwig’s nephew Stefan Rath senior (1902–1960) leads Lobmeyr into the Modern Movement and is a co-founder of the Österreichischer Werkbund in 1912.
Enduring classics are created in cooperation with Josef Hoffmann and the other artists of the Wiener Werkstätte. Hans Harald Rath (1938–1968) rebuilds Austrian crystal manufacture after the war and revolutionises the chandelier. An example of his work still hangs in the auditorium of the Vienna State Opera today. Harald, Peter and Stefan Rath (1968–2008) expand the company, enter the Arabic and Japanese markets and open a store in Salzburg. In 1972 the chandelier manufacturer Zahn (founded 1780) is acquired.
The chandeliers for the Metropolitan Opera in New York were the most important project of this period and bore one oft he most significant design of the 20th century. The Met Chandelier is not only synonymous for Lobmeyr, it is also the cradle for a whole range of desgins Now, 40 years later the importance of this ground breaking design is none the less.
Andreas, Leonid and Johannes Rath (from 2000) grow the international sales activities and focus on co-operations with a new generation of designers. The number three has a long history of mythical associations. Virtually any religion has a concept headed by a trinity. Or as the saying goes: “Third time’s the charm.” The same can be said for the 6th generation family-members Andreas, Leonid and Johannes Rath of Lobmeyr. After all, the so-called third eye provides perception beyond ordinary sight, so it’s no accident the three cousins have proven to be the ultimate purveyors of taste over the years. Alain Ducasse in Paris’ Plaza Athénée, Thomas Keller in LA’s French Laundry, the Viennese institution Zum Schwarzen Kameel – they all serve their drinks and culinary delights out of Lobmeyr glass, and rightly so.