The WMF factory was founded when the
und Schweizer" and "A.
Ritter & Co." combined their companies
in 1880. A year later the company moved its major production
to Geislingen (Germany). The company grew fast and took
over Plewkiewitz & Co. in Warsaw (Poland) in 1886.
Later in 1900 the firm acquired Albert Köhler (Austria)
and in 1905 Orivit. Although suffering a huge set-back
during the first World War, the company is still producing
Over the years a number of great items
from well known designers were produced. During the art
nouveau period important names were Hans Peter, Albin
Müller and Peter Behrens.