Josephinenhütte

Josephinenhütte

Photo: European glass production in the mid-1900s. From the private collection of Kurt Josef Zalto

Inspired by the historical art of glassmaking

Our role model: the former Josephinenhütte. A Silesian glassworks in the Sudeten Mountains, founded in 1842 by Count Leopold von Schaffgotsch and named after his beloved wife Josephine. The glassmaker Franz Pohl, head of Josephinenhütte, was a gifted creator and artistic pioneer who went beyond the boundaries of what was thought possible in glassmaking at the time. Thus, were created glass objects of technical sophistication and absolute beauty, which made Josephinenhütte one of the most significant glassworks in Europe and the New World.

A century later, fate put an end to the success story of Josephinenhütte and over the decades the former splendour fell into obscurity.

Berlin 2019 – The new Josephinenhütte

Three friends, fascinated and inspired by the value of true craftmanship, want to bring Josephinenhütte back to life. The dream is to create glasses that are delicate and light, sophisticated and exquisite and which re-establish the exceptional Josephinenhütte standards.

The keystone to completing this vision: Kurt Josef Zalto, possibly the most gifted glass designer of our time. He should, and has, become the creative director of Josephinenhütte.

With his design for a lightweight, thin-walled, yet flexible wineglass, the Austrian glassmaker has gone beyond the current concept of a good glass.

The glass designer creates the best glasses of their kind, as innovative and astounding as the original Josephinenhütte products. Glasses which open up a new dimension in taste through their visionary construction. Thanks to their characteristic shape and expressive colours, they are a joy to all the senses. Glasses which bring vibrancy to their contents and to those who drink out of them. They not only fulfil their purpose to perfection but are also so striking that they bring people together in conversation. Glasses that are full of life - a delightful sensory experience.

In the great tradition of craftsmen, Josephinenhütte has worked together with prominent figures from design, fine arts and contemporary gastronomy to create the new collection. Through an inventive handcrafting process, in combination with diverse complementary concepts, the finest glasses have originated to suit a variety of different needs. An ever-expanding range with one common feature: each Josephinenhütte glass is a unique handblown piece, made by passionate craftsmen with a history of experience in European glass production.

This is the new Josephinenhütte – a European glassworks, committed to traditional craftsmanship and absolute sophistication: The World’s finest glasses.

A European glassworks. Inspired by history - newly founded by Kurt Josef Zalto. Committed to craftsmanship tradition and absolute sophistication.