The LAMY brand stands for high-quality designer writing instruments defined by their timeless modern aesthetics and perfect functionality. Its success story began over 50 years ago with the LAMY 2000: in 1966, the model established the clear and unmistakeable design which still defines the style of all the brand’s products today – the Lamy design.
As an independent family business, Lamy has been associated with Heidelberg since it was first founded in 1930 and therefore guarantees consistent high quality, “Made in Germany”. With an annual production of over 8 million writing instruments and turnover of more than 110 million euros in 2016, Lamy today is not only the market leader in Germany but has developed to become an internationally sought-after brand. The company continues to set trends, not just through its annual special editions and has inspired writing enthusiasts around the world with its innovative colours and surface finishes.
Design, quality and ‘Made in Germany’ are the pillars of the Lamy corporate strategy. These are underpinned by the actively lived Lamy corporate culture:
Customer-oriented: We focus on the needs of the customer.
Creative: We are prepared to create change and have the courage to try something new every day.
Cooperative: We act cooperatively internally and externally. We see ourselves as a high-performance community – based on mutual trust and respect.
Architecture and Art
Nowhere can the values which stand for a brand be experienced in such close proximity than in their architecture. Individual form, the quality of the materials used, the attraction of the rooms with their light and their acoustics – such features can render the idea and the competence of a brand tangible.
The Lamy Development Centre is a frequently cited example of this: a black glass cube, suspended on silver steel cables and pylons which are reflected in the adjacent expanse of water. Lamy’s "Innovation Workshop", in which new products are conceived, tested and made ready for production thus represents the colours and the unmistakable design world of the company. Brand identity in a building.
Art to inspire: the Lamy Galleria and Sculpture Garden
Art which shows our world from a new and different perspective sometimes excites and often stimulates. For this reason Lamy fosters a close relationship with the world of fine art. The central importance this holds in the company can be seen for example in the spacious, light-flooded Lamy Galleria. It is located between the Development Centre and the injection moulding plant and is therefore right in the middle of the day-to-day working environment. It can be used to hold staff meetings, but also as a venue for wandering exhibitions, which have become an institution in the cultural life of Heidelberg.
What’s more, three-dimensional art has its own permanent place in the Sculpture Garden on the roof of a leafy production hall. Here, Lamy employees can find a selection of sculptures by prominent artists – as an invitation to discover new perspectives and gather inspiration for their own work.
Made in Germany
Lamy writing instruments embody the best German design tradition and engineering art. They stand out by virtue of innovation, reliability, restraint and status which does not relate to luxury but to intelligence.
Writing instruments from Lamy can be seen on the New York Stock Exchange, at conferences in Tokyo, or in the lecture halls of Buenos Aires. And each of these writing instruments first saw the light of day in Heidelberg, the city with Germany’s oldest university.
Just a few minutes by car from the world-famous ensemble of the castle, old town and the River Neckar, Lamy develops and produces fountain pens, ink rollerballs, ballpoint pens and propelling pencils which have been amongst the most popular examples of modern design since 1966.
And, despite increasing globalisation, nothing will change this in future. Because Lamy is firmly rooted in its Heidelberg location. An employer of around 400 people from the city and its surrounding area, a patron of culture and a sponsor. But also a family firm which knows precisely that it draws part of its strength and authenticity from a vibrant region which for centuries has stood for science, research and cosmopolitanism.