Walter Ludewig has died
"Mr. Poggenpohl" was a driving force behind the entire industry
Herford, 25. July 2007 - Walter Ludewig, the great man and mastermind of the German kitchen industry, passed away on Monday, 23.07.2007 in Herford at the age of 97. As Poggenpohl's chief executive and a personally liable partner, he was at the helm of the company, now in its 115th year, for 52 years, making a name for himself as a pioneer of the German kitchen furniture industry. Born at Herford in 1910, he shaped the oldest German kitchen brand into what it continues to be today: a synonym for technical and aesthetic quality as well as practical functionality.
Having trained as a bank clerk, Walter Ludewig came to Poggenpohl as a young man in 1935. He became a personally liable partner within just five years of entering the company. At that time, Poggenpohl was concentrating on selling the "Reform Kitchen" that had been inspired by Werkbund and Bauhaus in 1928. This was the first kitchen to unite dresser, crockery cabinet and food cupboard, and included separately standing sink, table, chairs and electrical appliances.
After the war, Walter Ludewig became actively involved as mastermind and trendsetter in developing the unit kitchen into an industrially manufactured fitted kitchen that integrates all functions and pre-plans all work flow to save time. Ludewig earned the title of being one of the "fathers of the modern fitted kitchen". To prove it: in 1950 Poggenpohl presented "form 1000", the first mass-produced German unit kitchen with the function handle as its external distinguishing feature.
"Mr. Poggenpohl", however, did not restrict himself to the company's own four walls. In the furniture industry and in business associations he took on numerous honorary appointments at regional level and beyond, e.g. as founding member and, for many decades, member of the executive board of the German association "The Modern Kitchen" (AMK), and as President of the European Association of Kitchen Furniture Manufacturers (Paris, Brussels). The East Westphalia-Lippe region and Herford in particular, which is home to over half of Germany's kitchen manufacturers, have Ludewig to thank for much of their strength as a business hub. In 1980, the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for Economic Affairs awarded him the Federal Republic of Germany's Great Cross of Merit for his achievements. Text & Photo: www.poggenpohl.de
Further information: Elmar Duffner, Geschäftsführung Poggenpohl Möbelwerke GmbH, Herford, Tel. 05221/381-213 oder 0171/7658360 email@example.com, www.poggenpohl.de