For the last decades, open house days at Wendt & Kühn on the first weekend of Advent have had a fixed place in the calendar. Last year, for the first time, we were unable to hold this popular event. This year we have also decided against holding an event inside the workshop. Instead, we want to transform the manufactory into an inspirational setting for
“Wendt & Kühn Illuminated,” and we are confident that the event will take place as scheduled from November 24-28, 2021. As soon as dusk falls, we will surround the buildings and outdoor areas in wonderous light. The walls will become screens for films and photos, and open spaces will transform into stages for live music and singing. Among this artful and impressive display, visitors will not only experience the craftsmanship, but also an excerpt from the traditional manufactory’s 106-year history. At certain locations, the view opens up to offer a view of the illuminated inner rooms, revealing how the Angel Musicians and Christmas tree decorations are created. The event will be held in German.
The return to the Wendt & Kühn collection of a very special design from our grand design legacy has been eagerly anticipated. Before it even went on sale we had already received hundreds of orders for this nativity scene designed by Grete Wendt in 1910/1911, before the company was founded. Mary, Joseph, the Child in the crib and a nativity angel are the first four figurines that will have everyone’s eye on them this Advent. After a rather longer drying time than had been anticipated, the wait is now over and the figurines are available to purchase from our specialist retailers and our in-house stores in Grünhainichen and Seiffen.
Learn more about the history of this design.
One name is inextricably linked with Wendt & Kühn: Olly Wendt (née Sommer). To mark her 125th birthday in 2021 we have produced a book in a limited edition of 1,920 copies. The number of copies corresponds to the year in which this talented designer started working at the Grünhainichen manufactory, five years after the foundation of Wendt & Kühn.
Through a series of individual episodes emerges an authentic portrait of this exceptional personality.
The friends of our Blossom Kinder herald in the autumn with their brightly colored lanterns. But they are not to be deterred by the cooler temperatures. The beautiful autumn sun allows them to enjoy just as much fun outdoors, surrounded by the vivid colors of nature, as in the summer – on long autumn hikes, at lantern parades for Halloween and at the 6th anniversary of Wendt & Kühn World in Grünhainichen, on October 3. And if the temperature does drop, the lantern children are warmly dressed in jackets, long pants and smart hats.
Although we hope there are still many more summery days to come, we are venturing a quick look ahead to autumn and Advent, which is even further away. For it is then that the Christmas tree angels from Wendt & Kühn provide the musical accompaniment to the Christmas spirit. This year the sounds of the saxophone, concertina, maracas and clarinet will come to the fore, as these are the instruments played by our new angels on celestial bodies, our suspended Grünhainichen Angel® and our Marguerite Angel. An angel with beautifully wrapped gifts on its knee also perches in the branches on a golden clip and observes the happy goings on. From October 2021 our small Santa Claus on Star will be looking forward to a reflective Advent, too. This year we have an additional surprise, which is the return of our Advent calendar that promises exquisite sweet treats.
Are you looking for a gift that reflects the hobby of the recipient? Equipped with appropriate accessories, our angels accompany their owners everywhere: to the rehearsal room, the sewing studio or the kitchen. They always have with them their instruments, toys, cooking utensils or handiwork. There is something here for everyone.
With our figurines and music boxes lovingly fashioned by hand, we form part of the artisan tradition of the Erzgebirge region. And with this tradition comes responsibility, as our most important raw material is timber. Our aim is to use this local raw material conscientiously and sparingly, and to preserve the natural beauty that surrounds us. At Wendt & Kühn we of course ensure to design our production processes sustainably and save resources. Find out more about sustainability at Wendt & Kühn.
It’s certainly no secret that the musical talents of our Grünhainichen Angels® are known around the world. But even offstage, they still sing to our hearts – as our Angel with Letter and Flowers. As an ambassador of the heart, this cherub makes a gift sure to delight any special loved one. And not just on birthdays or Christmas. Especially as a lovely little surprise in good as well as hard times, from a heartfelt apology to a sincere thank you. A figurine to let all those special people know: “I’m so glad you’re in my life!”