In 1683, Ludwig Wilhelm von Baden, one of the most powerful aristocrats in Europe at the time, creates a hammer mill and nail forge in the Black Forest in the hamlet of Gaggenau. Of all the many monumental actions in his eventful life, none have had the longevity of that simple decision. Before there was a Germany, through the industrial revolution and the countless re-drawings of the map of Europe, we were loudly bending metal to our will. Every hammer blow from that original foundry guides our metalwork today. Our heritage enables the continual creation of the exceptional, in every single appliance we craft and the experience we provide.