неделя, 2 март 2008 г.


Koziol, made bu Germany


The company’s unique history is closely linked to the Koziol family. In 1912, the father of founder Bernhard Koziol established the Erbach craft pottery; in 1927 Bernhard opened his own ivory carving workshop. Our chronicle traces the evolution of the three-man enterprise into the successful firm it is today.
1927 / 28
On November 27th 1927, 19-year-old Bernhard Koziol has his ivory carving business registered. At the workbench beside the iron stove he creates classical floral and animal motifs in ivory.
1930 / 31
A former barn in Michelstadt is rebuilt with the company's own resources to become the first "genuine" workshop. Here the craftsmen carve rose, daffodil and edelweiss ornaments as well as small elephants and other exotic animals – modern accessories of their day and age.
A milestone in Koziol's history: Employing the first hand-operated injection moulding system, items of up to 10 grams of weight can be produced. The increased production figures of the popular motifs can serve a growing target group.
A milestone in Koziol's history: Employing the first hand-operated injection moulding system, items of up to 10 grams of weight can be produced. The increased production figures of the popular motifs can serve a growing target group.
The Koziol Company survives the end of World War II with an undamaged production plant thanks to billeting US troops.
For the history of plastics, the World War II marks an important turning point. Intensive research is done in the field of synthetic materials, leading to numerous innovations in a short period of time.
1946 - 48
Hunger and expulsion mark the first post-war years. Koziol gives employment to numerous refugees. Basic commodities are produced, combs and buttons are popular barter goods frequently exchanged against anything from wheelbarrows to smoked pork sausages. To the employees, company trips are among the annual highlights.
As Bernhard Koziol gets stuck in a snowdrift in his Beetle, he looks through his rear windscreen. In the unreal snow flurry he sees three deer, inspiring the Koziol Dream Globe®. The idyllic snow-balls conquer the world and remain one of the most fairytale-like memories to many of us.
Free market economy lays the foundation for the booming economy to commence in western Germany, and growth proceeds step by step. For Koziol, too, things trend upwards, as he recognizes a revival of German tourism at an early stage and calls souvenir culture into life with his first merry keepsakes.
A new company symbol is born. The translation of the originally Polish name Koziol points the way: From now on, the ibex is to be the trademark.
1955 / 56
The Heraeus vacuum metalizing system takes up operations, and products can be now be refined by applying a layer of 24 carat sheet gold. The new technology is applied in a variety of processes, enhancing the creative scope of the product range. None of the animal figures is ever to reach the legendary popularity of the "Golden Stag". This icon of souvenir culture is also exported to Canada and the United States, there to conquer expatriates hearts' as a reminder of home.
Apart from toy construction kit Sticky, Koziol presents diverse table roulette games and a chess range at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. The Fair appearance becomes a full success and yields new export customers in America.
1965 - 67
Plastic, the material the new consumer society is made of, is celebrating a boom. Koziol features pop musicians, deer antlers and nativity figures in synthetic materials. All these objects are the work of master ivory carver Jakob Mueller, the design he creates for Koziol are recognizable as such. From Italy and Scandinavia new plastic furniture hits the market: the stackable "Panton Chair" by Verner Panton, the "Ball Chair" by Eero Aarnio and shell seat "Elda" by Joe Colombo.
Plastic expresses progress and dynamic, and shapes images of utopian habitats.
1970 - 72
The newly erected plant in Erbach featuring one of the most modern injection moulding workshops is occupied. The souvenir market and plastics euphoria are booming.
Koziol's trademark, the ibex, is adapted to the demands of current fashion and receives a modern, stylized appearance.
At the age of 71 and after more than 52 years of successful enterprising activity, Bernhard Koziol retires and hands over his life's work to his sons Bernhard and Stephan. Under the leadership of his sons, the product range is gradually altered.
In-house designer Thomas Etzel creates the RIO range in translucent plastic, the trend material of the nineties. This series, successful to this day, establishes a new trend in applying plastic and is far ahead of its time in its formal design.
To achieve new dual-colour effects, experts develop special machines, gaining Koziol a substantial technological lead.
Can a clothes peg be sexy? Of course it can! So proven by Rainer Lehn and his design, SHARKY. Produced in dual-colour technology, the cheeky little fish sinks its sharp teeth into people's minds, eventually to be recognized as a Koziol Archetype.
The CD-Rack MANHATTAN TOWER is this years top-seller, turnover is rocketing. The Koziol product is a genuine innovation, and, on its path to new heights, points the way to the future for all CD storage systems to come.
TIM and TWEETY hold out their cheerful brushheads to customers, changing unloved kitchen chores into foamy fun.
The idea of creating a fashionable accessory from a no-interest-item is thereafter often copied.
To mark the company’s 70th anniversary, koziol presented a 20-foot tower assembled from 4,400 wine rack components at the Frankfurt trade fair. The piece was entitled “Show – out of the ordinary.”
The introduction of the new blue Koziol logo, the labelling of all products and the communication of the motto >>ideas for friends create the preconditions for enhanced consumer recognition of the brand. The flashy graphics, developed by Gardeners of Frankfurt, support market positioning.
Succeeding Bernhard Koziol's death, his younger brother, Stephan takes over the general management of all operations. Under the motto "make better mistakes" he spreads unrest within as outside. Worldwide contacts to famous designers such as Alessandro Mendini, Mariscal, Peter Naumann or Platt'n Young give the range important impulses.
2000 / 2001
To mark the millennium shift, the complete range is completely revised. From now on, the items are produced in high-quality acryl, forms are emphasized and "koziolised" even stronger. Koziols Office@Home range forms an entire new field of fashion.
Koziol’s FUSION and AMOEBE partitioners represent a brand new product - and a fresh source of inspiration in interior design.

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