Made in Germany
The German brand Mono designs and manufactures high-end kitchen products, from cutlery to handy tools and beautifully designed teapots. The Mono Classic Teapot, by the well-known designer Tassilo von Grolman, demonstrates the outstanding quality of Mono design. The Mono Classic Teapot (the original design dates from 1983) has since received numerous awards and has been honoured by global museums such as the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Mono’s strength lies in its quality. All the products are carefully handcrafted, and thus thoroughly entitled to their ‘Made in Germany’ label. In the designs, form and function go hand in hand. A prime example is the Mono A cutlery series. The design by Professor Peter Raacke dates from 1959, but still feels contemporary. The Mono A has been renowned in Germany as a best-selling cutlery set ever since it first appeared on the market.
Like QL Hotels & Restaurants, Mono stands for authenticity, quality and character.
In 1895 Wilhelm Seibel established the family business, founding the Britaniawarenfabrik W. Seibel factory in Mettmann in North Rhine-Westphalia. The company then expanded in 1911, with the opening of a factory in Ziegenhain in Hesse, which Seibel later passed on to his two younger sons Heinrich and Alfred.
As business boomed in the post-war years, the workforce at the two plants grew to almost 1000 employees. In the 1950s, however, the company felt the effects of competition, especially from Japan and Spain. Sales figures fell, employees had to be laid off, and after an initial merger, the company in Mettmann was forced to close.
In Ziegenhain, Heinrich Seibel’s eldest son Herbert took measures to counter the competition, commissioning Peter Raacke to develop a new cutlery set. Mono A came onto the market, establishing the Mono brand, and securing the existence of the family business as a manufacturer through a strategic focus on quality and design.
In 1985 Herbert Seibel retired at the age of 75, and his nephew Wilhelm Seibel IV, a great-grandson of the founding father, took over the business. At the end of the 1980s he took the cutlery production back to Mettmann.
Today Wilhelm Seibel V runs the family business in the fifth generation, with around 30 employees, two of whom are his sons.