KORN stands for the ultimate competence in windows for exclusive, international villas.
The family enterprise was founded in 1946 near Hamburg and specialises in particularly exacting projects for architects and clients who make exceptional demands towards the quality of the design, advice, products and services they receive when it comes to architecture and window technology.
KORN owes its leading position in the market to numerous projects jointly carried out with internationally renowned architects and to its reputation as an inventor of innovative window systems, such as “Sprosse 22” – a beautiful, highly functional window design with a sound sense of style, which has saved many houses from being renovated out of recognition.
The perfect combination of beauty and technology
HOW DID A JOINERY IN NORTHERN GERMANY BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL BRAND?
MM: We have always strived to achieve something special. Together with architects, we create truly unique settings and determine the ideal mix of technology and beauty for each individual project. That’s what motivates us. Projects involving exclusive homes around the world are therefore a perfect fit for us.
Christian Standke (Marketing and Sales)
WHAT DOES »BEAUTY« MEAN IN THIS CONTEXT?
CS: Windows used to be status symbols and expressions of good taste. This has often been forgotten in the past century and, as a result, many buildings have been renovated into eyesores. In response to this, KORN developed and patented its ‘Sprosse 22’, a beautiful, stylish and highly functional window construction for modernisation projects, which conform to ‘listed buildings’ regulations. In general, we are now observing a return to an appreciation of windows that offer convenience and style in sublime form.
ARE YOU REFERRING TO HOME OWNERS?
CS: Yes, but not exclusively. Home owners want to see their taste realised while also significantly increasing their quality of living. Windows play a major role in this. On the outside they have a protective and representative function. On the inside they are relished as fine and unique furnishings, which are a joy to use. We also see many architects returning to a conscious use of windows and doors in their designs. They achieve this, among other things, by setting accents within a home using different window types and materials. For example, they may design the main house with classic wooden windows and special finishes, while choosing slender metal elements for the annex.
WHAT CAN ARCHITECTS AND HOME OWNERS EXPECT FROM KORN?
CS: Architects can expect a comprehensive service package from a single source, which is unrivalled in terms of quality and consists of consulting, implementation planning, products, installation and service for exclusive homes anywhere in the world. When working with KORN, they will be advised by experienced specialists who implement each of their ideas with the utmost quality, thus impressing their clients, even when it comes to lowering a window, weighing as much as a ton, into the ground. Home owners are provided with windows and doors that remain beautiful and functional, while retaining their value for generations.
HOW DOES KORN ENSURE ITS CLIENTS RECEIVE TRULY INDIVIDUAL SOLUTIONS?
MM: By showing them all that is possible right from the start. After all, there are countless variations in terms of design, choice of materials, security levels and acoustic insulation as well as mosquito and sun protection just to name a few. Then there are special finishes, opening variants and fittings. The list goes on and on. At KORN we have developed a sophisticated system to help find the perfect solution to an extensive range of requirements.
HOW DO YOU ENSURE THIS WITH YOUR PRODUCTS?
MM: We manufacture our KORN LIGNUM wooden windows in our own 5,000 square meter production facility in Wedel near Hamburg. They are superior to our competitors’ products not only in terms of design, but also material quality and craftsmanship. Following an intensive development phase, we are now presenting our new LIGNUM SECURE product line. We have once again succeeded in combining beauty and technology in a singular product line. To our knowledge, no other product in the world combines these two properties so well.
WHICH ARCHITECTS HAS KORN WORKED WITH?
CS: Among all the outstanding architects we have worked with, I would like to mention the following: Robert Stern; Frank O. Gehry; David Chipperfield; Gerkan, Marg and Partners; Francis Terry; Sebastian Treese; Ulrike Krages; Hans Kollhoff; Allan Shope; Randall Stofft and John Cooney.
CAN YOU ALSO TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THE HOME OWNERS YOU HAVE WORKED FOR?
CS: We have worked for numerous internationally renowned home owners, but discretion is an integral part of our business. Perhaps it suffices to say that, in the past 40 years, our clients have chosen KORN for their homes and follow-up projects based on the conviction that only our products can meet their exclusive requirements. During this time we have continually adapted to the changes in the markets and the increasing requirements of our clients and architects, even when it comes to providing the utmost security. Only in this way is it possible to implement the ideas of our clients and architects, and fulfil their wishes to the fullest.
- 2019 Release of the Product line LIGNUM SECURE
- 2017 Extension of the production facility
- 2006 First Projects in Russia
- 2004 Foundation of KORN Windows & Doors GmbH
- 1985 First Projects in the USA
- 1980 Development of the famous Sprosse 22
- 1979 New CEO Wilhelm Korn
- 1946 Foundation Cornelius Korn GmbH