Established in Jena, Germany, in 1884, Jenaer Glas is renowned worldwide for its beautiful yet functional kitchenware. Originally a maker of glass optical lenses, Jenaer Glaswerks explored other uses for its unique glass. As early as the 1920s, it successfully produced kitchenware such as milk bottles and baking dishes out of high-quality glass.
The kitchenware's special functional qualities originate from the company's innovative use of borosilicate glass. Developed in 1887 by Otto Schott, this type of glass is known for its durability; it has a high resistance to temperature differences and is almost impermeable to chemicals.
It was, however, the Bauhaus movement of the 1930s that gave Jenaer Glas its characteristic streamlined look. The Bauhaus style is marked by great craftsmanship, beauty, and state-of-the-art technology. Designed by artists including Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Ilse Decho, Gerhard Marcks, and Ernst Loffelhardt, many of the Jenaer Glas pieces from this period have been displayed in museums and at various exhibitions in Europe and the United States. Still in production today, the clean, clear glass is an attractive and useful addition to any home.