Wendt & Kühn is compulsorily nationalized and renamed
“VEB Werk-Kunst”. Hans Wendt is appointed Works Director.
Grete Wendt leaves the manufactory after working there for 57 years. Despite the trend towards mass production stipulated by the command economy, Hans Wendt manages to preserve the character of the products.
Wendt & Kühn commemorates designer Olly Wendt, née Sommer, joining the company 100 years ago. The special exhibition "Talent – Destiny – Work of a Lifetime" in Grünhainichen provides insights into the life of the designer. Also, marking the anniversary is the release of the book “Olly Wendt - A Portrait."