Who wouldn't want the opportunity to get a glimpse inside Santa's workshop? Just as exciting is when the Wendt & Kühn workshops open their doors for their open days on the first weekend in Advent. On 2nd and 3rd December 2017 you can experience the thrill of seeing how the world-famous Eleven Dot Angels and the delicate Marguerite Angels are made using the finest craftsmanship. The workshops, the World of Wendt & Kühn, the Tinkerer’s Row, the Wendt & Kühn Post Office and our Open House café will be open on both days from 10am to 5pm. What else can you expect? Find out here.
It is that time of year again! We have put together for you a new edition of the eleven dot post magazine. Through the cover story of this edition we invite you to get to know our home, the Erzgebirge, a little better. It is a region in the South-East of Germany that has been shaped, above all, by mining. It is also home to a unique woodcraft tradition that has come to international renown. You can also look forward to exciting stories about our figurines and the origins of our workshops, and we reveal the new additions for 2017 and which items are returning to the collection.
From now on we are producing a special edition of the eleven dot post for our fans and readers in the USA. The first magazine in this new format carries the words “1st Edition” on the cover. But read it for yourself.
One good reason to celebrate this year is the release of the Gold Edition No 10, produced in our traditional workshops, as this brings us to a modest anniversary. We have put a great deal of thought into what is the tenth design in this range, and the result is a wonderful hand-crafted figurine. Holding a golden book open in its hands, the Reader encourages every viewer to think and dream. But what is it that is being read aloud? Is it fairy tales, poems or perhaps stories written by life itself? This is left entirely to our imagination. The book in the Reader’s hands is plated with 24-karat gold, as is the metal base on which the figurine stands. In a strictly limited edition, only 22,222 of these figurines are available to spread joy.
The Reader is also available on a grey base – not as a limited edition. But see for yourself.
Who is there who is not familiar with the chore of having to clean our house or apartment? The house cleaning, the small and somewhat larger repairs, and all the preparations required for a celebration – a seemingly endless succession of tasks. Wouldn’t it be lovely if you didn’t have to do them all yourself? This year three gnomes with their traditional red pointed hats returned to the collection, ready to carry out their secret mission with broom and bucket, with boot or with a roll of fabric. The perfect gift for a house warming, a wedding or simply as a decoration for your own home.
The grand design legacy of Wendt & Kühn includes numerous figurines depicting different nationalities and wearing regional costumes. The first four figurines were designed and made by the young student Grete Wendt and her father Albert, before the company was founded. They were a bride and groom, and a farmer and his wife, all wearing Weizacker regional dress. The focus on national dress and regional costumes provided particularly attractive opportunities for demonstrating design and painting skills. Some 90 exhibits, including numerous figurines and previously unseen design sketches, documents and photos from the private archives of Grete Wendt and Olly Wendt, née Sommer, are currently on display in the special exhibition “From Japan to Bavaria – figurines in national and regional dress” in the historic gallery of the Wendt & Kühn World in Grünhainichen. We look forward to welcoming you!
Early in November, the World of Wendt & Kühn was officially classified as “especially family friendly”. Our sales and exhibition area was checked out by an independent agency and passed the inspection with flying colors. The 50 criteria on which we were judged included hands-on activities suitable for children and safety precautions specific to our younger visitors – aspects which we consciously incorporated into the redesign of the World of Wendt & Kühn two years ago. The high standards we set ourselves at that time have now received official endorsement from Tourismus Marketing Gesellschaft Sachsen mbH (TMGS). With immediate effect, we will be displaying the “Familienurlaub in Sachsen” (Family Holiday in Saxony) plaque at the entry to the World of Wendt & Kühn, assuring visitors of a truly family-friendly experience.
These splinter boxes are real gems. This much is apparent at first glance – and when you open them and take a second look, so to speak, you discover so much more. These painted wooden containers guard secrets, preserve memories and provide space for treasured possessions. Your first movie theater ticket, snapshots from photo booths and even kitsch holiday souvenirs that bring back so many happy memories. Small mementos we pick up and look at from time to time that conjure up memories. Some happy, some sad, but always quite personal to us.
This year for the first time, Wendt & Kühn entered the competition to win the title “Manufactory Product of the Year 2016”. And with success. At our first attempt, the figurines of the puristic “White Timbre” Edition secured third place on the podium. And even more pleasing, this group of figurines, which this year became a quartet of four musicians, received yet another award. This exceptional collection of figurines received the special prize in the “Design” category.
Are you planning a day trip with friends, family or just for the two of you? How does a fun-filled day exploring a unique atmosphere and making lovely new discoveries sound to you? Then please come visit us at the Wendt & Kühn World of Figures. Wander through our magical world of Blossom Kinder and eleven dot angels and delight in the melodies ringing out from our many music boxes. We’re open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.