How it all began…

 

Dreaming of his own farm… actually Holger Danneberg has always wanted to be an organic farmer but he doesn’t have the land. He makes his first money on flea markets where he sells clay pins saying “Nuclear power? No thanks.“ Then Holger Danneberg starts to build kaleidoscopes for Christmas markets…

1984  

 

Holger Danneberg builds the world’s largest kaleidoscope: Three meters long and one meter in diameter. The failed attempts end up in the attic and Holger Danneberg ends up in the “Guinness Book of Records”.

 

1985

 

Hobby and passion make a successful business idea. The Kaleidoscope Company starts in the countryside in Groß Thondorf in a flat-sharing-community.

 

 

1989  

 

The Kaleidoscope Company moves to a former brickyard in Molbath in the middle of the Luneburg Heath.

 

The Danneberg family in front of the manufacturing facility.

 

1992

 

Eva Danneberg founds Werkhaus.  Now the products range from optical toys to functional filing-systems for offices to home accessories and gifts. The inventive  Werkhaus connecting system - meanwhile protected by copyright- provides a huge variety of options. Little by little business develops and they manage to get their first major customers.

 

2000  

 

Lack of space - the move from Molbath to Bad Bodenteich…

Hidden away where German border police trucks were once parked and repaired the Werkhaus Company now works on six hectares surrounded by nature in the industrial area of Bad Bodenteich.

 

2003  

 

The company was chosen by the campaign „European year of people with disabilities 2003” for a stop of the campaign-vehicle on the open day to present Werkhaus’ outstanding achievements to the public.

 

2006

 

Werkhaus signs a five-year contract with the Frankfurt Book Fair. The Book Fair will be represented at upcoming Toy Fairs with a Werkhaus’ stand. In 2006 29 publishing companies are presented in a special exhibition on an exhibition space of 90m² . The design, the conception of the stand and the complete performance during the Fair are made by Werkhaus. 

 

2007  

 

Werkhaus delivers 4000 kaleidoscopes directly to the finale of the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, Finland. They are given as a souvenir to special guests and to the participants. The design was developed in cooperation with the Eurovision management and shows the original song contest colours. A technical feature, that could only be realised by Werkhaus, is the incorporation of the Eurovision logo into the filling of the object chamber.

 

2009

 

Werkhaus has signed an energy supply contract with Greenpeace Energy. So, from 2009 on the the Werkhaus green power comes from renewable energy sources.

 

In October 2009 the very first Werkhaus shop opens in the central railway station in Hamburg. 13 months later the shop moves.

 

 

2010  

 

In July 2010 Werkhaus opens its first shop in Berlin in the Friedrichstraße. In August the second shop follows also in Berlin in the Kollwitzstraße and one in Hamburg in the Große Rainstraße. In November two more shops open in Hamburg (Dammtor Bahnhof & Hermannstraße). 

 

 

2011

 

In July 2011 Werkhaus opens the third shop in Berlin at the Moritzplatz in the Aufbau Haus. The making-of video – how the shop is set up in the “Aufbau Haus”…

 

 

 

2014

 

Werkhaus introduces a photovoltaics system in our company in Bad Bodenteich. 816 solar modules (made in Germany!) have been installed on the roofs of the factory buildings covering an area of 3.500 m2 and generating 204kWp altogether. The electricity can be used for the production directly on-site. During peak production we can cover 80% of our electricity demands and 20% on average. Herewith we are taking a further step on our way to even more sustainability.

 

 

Werkhaus-Shop