100 Years of C. Hugo Pott
This year, the traditional Solingen company is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary. The "Werkstätte zum Damaszieren von Schneidwaren", founded in 1904 by C. Hugo Pott, has become a stainless steel manufacture of international standing. The design-oriented company, which is managed today by the managing directors, Stefanie Georg and Horst Löhnert, is celebrating its anniversary at the Frankfurt trade show "Ambiente". Professor Dr. Peter Zec, President of the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, honored its cultural achievements in a speech.
Carl Pott, who joined his father's company in 1932, made an effort to design and realize his ideas about good design. He was deeply convinced of the maxims of the Deutsche Werkbund and the Bauhaus Dessau: the goal of all of his design efforts was simplicity, functionality and the appropriate use of the materials involved as well as the interaction of artistic ideas and the principles of craftsmanship.
For the first cutlery set that Carl Pott designed, model 16 from the year 1935, he received the Diplom d'Honeur at the World Fair in Paris in 1937. This design award contributed to his international breakthrough. Carl Pott died in 1985 and, along with the company, he also left the responsibility for a cultural heritage to his son Hannspeter. All of the cutlery models and the most of the accessories are still available today.
In 1992, Hannspeter Pott began developing business relationships with freelance designers. Ralph Krämer designed the Parmesan knife PICADO and a knife series for Pott. Numerous accessories followed, for example the spaghetti tester AL DENTE and the tasting spoon-fork AL GUSTO, designed by Tobias Huys.
For the anniversary, C. Hugo Pott is releasing several products as limited editions, for example the spoon "POTT 100" made of 925.000 sterling silver. Design: Stefanie Hengel 2002, edition: 100 pieces. The model "POTT 2716" from the year 1935 is again available in a small edition, as well. Another classic is the cutlery model "2721 B 1", which stayed in good shape even above the clouds during each flight of German Lufthansa from 1955 to 1968. The anniversary edition of this stainless steel model by Carl Pott from 1954, limited to 250 pieces, has now been reissued for the year 2004 (embossed with the Lufthansa crane on its front).