Driven by the core concept of functional design, Lamy sets a global standard in the development of innovative writing implements. The exceptional design logic and material usage in coherence with the functionality of these pens make them incredible. Lamy is one of the most prolific manufacturers in outstanding pens in both function and design that are available today.
Lamy is one of the most prolific manufacturers in outstanding pens in both function and design that are available today. This prominent theme which persists throughout the entire range can make choosing a pen a little difficult. What's more, Lamy pens have a common identity and their reputation means that when you use a Lamy pen you are participating in the support of pioneering technical design. The Lamy spirit's ultra-slim good looks, or the retro image of the iconic Lamy 2000 all betray Lamy's commitment to streamlined styling, which has influenced Braun, Gaggenau and Olivetti products in the past.
Lamy's principal design traits follow the 'form follows function' principle of design; established by the modernist German design school Bauhaus. Intelligent design and a focus on comfort of use make Lamy pens a writer's dream: contemporary yet practical, their minimalist design is an expression of the form follows function credo. First comes technical excellence and innovation to create the ultimate functional pen; second comes beautiful design, with a shape that supports the pen's practicality
Whenever a new design is launched, it is always individual, always contemporary and always innovative in its engineering. Lamy pens are influenced and designed by a range of expert designer contributors, such as Gerd A Muller and Wolfgang Fabian, to ensure freshness and originality. Today Lamy is the market leader in Germany and ranks among the German design brands recognised worldwide.
The History of LAMY Pens
1930 - C. Josef Lamy, who had previously worked as an export and branch manager for a manufacturer of writing instruments, set up his own business in Heidelberg, the Orthos Füllfederhalter-Fabrik.
1939 - At the beginning of World War II, more than 200,000 fountain pens were being produced annually under the ORTHOS and ARTUS brands.
1948 - Three years after the end of the War, the name of the firm was changed to C. Josef Lamy GmbH - the start of a new era.
1952 - The streamlined fountain pen LAMY 27 was created, symbolising the birth of the LAMY writing instruments brand and the firm’s breakthrough on the writing instrument market.
1957 - C. Josef Lamy GmbH relocated to the present location in Heidelberg-Wieblingen.
1962 - Dr Manfred Lamy joined his father’s company as Marketing Manager at the young age of 26.
1964 - The LAMYexact, Germany’s first ballpoint pen with a large-capacity refill and a tip made of stainless steel, was launched by LAMY.
1966 - LAMY introduced a fountain pen with the name LAMY 2000, creating the LAMY design we know and love today.
1972 - LAMY is sold by specialist retailers to help fund impressive sales aids such as the Lamy writing centre, creative sales campaigns and the Lamy Distributor Advisory Council.
1973 - Dr Manfred Lamy is became the sole Managing Director of C. Josef Lamy GmbH.
1974 - The LAMY cp1 by Gerd A. Müller launched a programme of writing instruments that interprets the theme of “functional design” and attracted attention from new target markets.
The LAMY cp1 ballpoint became Germany’s highest-selling pen in its class.
1876 - The advertising of the LAMY brand is completely revamped.
1980 - A breath of freedom and adventure launched the new LAMYsafari.
1981 - The new central warehouse was built.
1982 - The LAMYwhite pen became the worlds first and most copied writing instrument in white.
1983 - One year later Wolfgang Fabian excels adds to the LAMYspirit of design with the introduction of LAMY logo.
1986 - 20 years of design are celebrated at LAMY.
1987 - The LAMYabc for children was launched, just in time for the start of school.
1998 - The LAMYaccent won the ‘Good Design Award’.
1999 - “The Joy of Writing” by Hans Hegers was released by LAMY.
2001 - LAMY launched a new, small pocket pen: the LAMYpico.
2003 - Richard Sapper, Germany’s designer legend based in Italy, launched the LAMY dialog1.
2004 - LAMY launched two new writing instruments presented for the first time at PAPER-WORLD in Frankfurt, the LAMYpickup and the LAMYvivo.
2006 - The LAMY 2000 celebrated it’s 40th birthday.
At the age of 70, C. Josef Lamy GmbH, retired from the Management Board.
2007 - Qualified economist and brand expert Bernhard M. Rösner continued the life’s-work of Dr Lamy as sole Managing Director.
The LAMY pur is launched.
2008 - Dr Manfred Lamy is presented with the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany.
2010 - A major German insurance company placed an order for 300,000 LAMY logo pens, the biggest promotional gift order in the firm’s history.
2011 - LAMY plus, LAMY aquaplus, a range of high-quality coloured pencils and paint boxes for all artists from the age of three are launched.
2012 - The LAMY scala is launched.
2013 - Lamy was commended with the German Standards Brand Award in the ”Fountain Pens“ category and was added to the compendium "Brands of the century – lighthouses in the sea of brands".
2015 - The LAMY dialog 3, the first capless fountain pen, is launched.
2016 - LAMY celebrated “50 Years of Lamy Design”.