Ever since 1919 the company's name — CARL MERTENS Besteckfabrik GmbH & Co KG in Solingen — has been your guarantee for flatware and gift items embodying both stunning design and superb craftsmanship. Since 1978 the company has been managed by Curt Mertens, a member of the third generation in a long family tradition.
Designer Mario Taepper's maxim "Less is More" is evident in his industrial product designs. As a devoted follower of the Bauhaus movement, Taepper cares more about the longevity of his products and not if they follow a particular trend. His "form follows function" approach has won his design firm, MM Design Edition, the Red Dot award, the Deutscher Designer Club Award and the Interior Innovation Award, among others. While Taepper combines traditional Bauhaus styles with far-east design philosophies, his products offer a fresh approach to everyday home furnishing products. A glance through his varied portfolio reveals his preference for working with stainless steel, aluminum, glass and dark wood. MM Design Edition's high quality products and furniture have made them a sought after design firm in Germany. Perhaps what is the most exciting about Taepper's designs is that they continue to look fashionable throughout the years.