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A look back on „50 years of Lamy design“

Lamy looks back on an eventful year 2016. The “50 years of Lamy design” anniversary year not only marked a significant milestone in the company’s history but also the start of a new era. Using the slogan “not just a pen”, Lamy impressively documented its development into a global lifestyle brand. The brand represents exceptional design, perfect functionality, individuality and the pleasures of writing by hand for writing enthusiasts around the globe.

On October 1st 2016, the company celebrated “50 years of Lamy design” with around 400 guests at Heidelberg Castle. Lamy staged an exceptional presentation to set a visible sign for the breakthrough of the brand into a new era: a spectacular light projection on the historic facade of Heidelberg Castle established the link between traditional writing by hand and the digital age. The message: Lamy is present. A brand with tradition. But also, and above all, a brand with future, more vivid and contemporary in the digital age than ever. The event was accompanied with live posts around the world on Facebook and Instagram which meant that the growing fan community could also experience it on social networks.

Design Milestones

1966 LAMY 2000

The modern classic.

The LAMY 2000 has been writing design history since 1966. As a timeless classic it is still one of the most modern writing instruments today. Made of fibreglass polycarbonate, exclusive woods or matt stainless steel. The LAMY 2000 is available as a piston fountain pen with partially platinised 14 carat gold nib, ballpoint pen, rollerball pen, mechanical pencil and multicolour ballpoint pen.

Design: Gerd A. Müller

LAMY 2000

1980 LAMY safari

Write different.

Many attractive colours, timeless design, perfect ergonomics. These are just some of the reasons that the LAMY safari is one of the most popular writing instruments worldwide. Distinctive recessed grip guarantees writing comfort.

Design: Wolfgang Fabian

LAMY safari

1987 LAMY abc

Learn to write with Lamy.

With Lamy’s help, children learn to write systematically. First step is the LAMY abc Beginner’s Pencil. Then comes the LAMY abc Beginner’s Fountain Pen using ink. Both instruments were designed for children, from an ergonomic as well as a pedagogical point of view. This makes writing both easy and fun.

Design: Entwicklungsgruppe Mannheim /
Prof. Bernt Spiegel

LAMY abc

1990 LAMY swift

Prominent form.

The capless rollerball writes with fascinating fluidity, gliding over the paper. It writes as elegantly as a fountain pen – but is as easy to handle as a ballpoint. Its main feature is a special push mechanism which allows the ink refill to slide out while at the same time, the clip retracts into the casing.

Design: Wolfgang Fabian

LAMY swift

1997 LAMY AL-star

The light aluminium-experience

The LAMY AL-star pairs smart design with the lightness and cool elegance of the high-tech material that is aluminium, anodised in various colours. The LAMY AL-star an attractive, young writing instrument which satisfies even the highest requirements.

Design: Wolfgang Fabian

LAMY AL-star

1998 LAMY accent

Individual expression.

The first writing instrument to come with an interchangeable grip. Depending on the chosen combination, a completely new look can be created, adapted to personal style. Various material combinations, from wood and rubber to lacquer and precious metal, allow the series to sparkle time and again in a new light.

Design: Phoenix Product Design

LAMY accent

2001 LAMY pico

Surprisingly practical.

The LAMY pico is a real master of transformation which reveals its true size when slight pressure is applied: thanks to the sophisticated push mechanism, the compact cylinder is transformed into a full-grown ballpoint pen in a flash.

Design: Franco Clivio

LAMY pico

2005 LAMY studio

Timeless perfection.

The LAMY studio shows just how close design and art can be. The propeller-shaped clip adds an innovative design touch and stands out from the bulky metal body. High-quality stainless steel and top quality surfaces round off the stylish design of this series.

Design: Hannes Wettstein

LAMY studio

LAMY dialog 3

Innovative twist-action fountain pen.

The LAMY dialog 3 is a capless fountain pen in which the nib and clip can be elegantly lowered with a simple twist. Its spring system is manually adapted with the highest level of precision in each individual pen so that the nib and clip are in an exact straight line.

Design: Franco Clivio

LAMY dialog 3

LAMY imporium

Icon of character and style.

The combination of playful details and consistently reduced forms gives the LAMY imporium series its unmistakeable appearance – a stylish union of contemporary design and luxury writing. Top quality materials such as gold, platinum and titanium highlight the premium standards of this very special pen.

Design: Mario Bellini

LAMY imporium

Anniversary Products

To mark “50 years of Lamy design”, fans of the brand can now look forward to unique products.

LAMY 2000 black amber Set

LAMY 2000 M black amber – limited and numbered
Limited and numbered special edition to mark the 50th anniversary of Lamy design

The all-metal LAMY 2000 M black amber anniversary edition comes with a brushed surface and unique structure. Its characteristic colour is the result of an elaborate electroplating process whereby stainless steel and galvanic surface processing form a lasting combination. The high-quality finish has a pleasantly warm feel and, combined with the characteristic weight of the pen and 14 kt gold nib, creates a sensual writing experience. Piston fountain pen in set with ink bottle LAMY T 52 blue-black

• All-metal: stainless steel, blasted, galvanised
• High gloss, massive platinum refined clip
• Piston fountain pen set with platinum-refined 14-carat gold nib and ink bottle LAMY T 52 blue-black
• Nib grades: EF – extra fine, F – fine, M – medium, B – wide

Review of 2016: 50 Years of Lamy Design

Exclusive anniversary set:
notebook and special edition of the new LAMY logo M+

Fans of the brand can now look forward to the launch of a unique set which will be available from June and only in the anniversary year: a carefully designed notebook complete with a special exclusive edition of the LAMY logo M+ ballpoint pen. The special thing about it: the high-quality notebook provides plenty of scope for your own ideas, thoughts and sketches as well as offering insight into the exciting world of Lamy.

LAMY logo M+ Notizbuchset
LAMY logo M+ Notizbuchset
LAMY logo M+ Notizbuchset
LAMY logo M+ Notizbuchset
LAMY logo M+ Notizbuchset
LAMY scala glacier Set

Edition 50 Years
LAMY scala glacier fountain pen set

LAMY scala is now available as a unique Special Edition "glacier". The anniversary edition boasts a noble, metallic blue-gray tone and a matte finish. All writing instruments in the anniversary edition are also provided with an engraved "50", which subtly underlines the exclusivity of this special series.

High-quality fountain pen with 14 kt. Gold spring. Made of stainless steel. Handle and clip with polished chrome finish. Will work with converter (LAMY Z 27) and ink bottle (LAMY T 52 blue, 50 ml) delivered in a particularly high-quality packaging. The pen is only available as a set.

Availabe nib grades EF (extra fine), F (fine), M (medium), B (wide)

Touring exhibition
“thinking tools. Design as Process: On the Creation of Writing Utensils“

From 24 September 2016 to 29 January 2017, the Museum of Applied Art in Frankfurt am Main showed the exhibition “thinking tools. Design als Prozess – Wie Schreibgeräte entstehen“ which was initiated and sponsored by Lamy (curator: Prof. Dr. Klaus Klemp).

Around 40.000 visitors saw the exhibition which showed the 50-year design history of the brand. Numerous prototypes, models and sketches from the company's archive retraced the design process of writing instruments such as the LAMY 2000, LAMY pico or LAMY safari.

Illustrations by Christoph Niemann, whose works are known from such publications as the New Yorker and ZEITmagazin, enhanced the show with humorous statements on the importance of writing utensils as “thinking tools“ that aid us in conceiving and forming our thoughts.

After a successful start at the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Art, the exhibition “thinking tools. Design als Prozess – Wie Schreibgeräte entstehen“ will soon go on an international tour. In the near future it will be shown in Shanghai, China.

Take a virtual walk through our exhibition “thinking tools“ at the Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main. Here are some impressions of the exclusive preview event last week which was attended by guests like Dr. Manfred Lamy, artist Christoph Niemann, LAMY safari designer Wolfgang Fabian and former Braun designer Dieter Rams.

Exhibition design and scenography Meiré und Meiré © Christoph Niemann for C. Josef Lamy GmbH


50 years of Lamy design, 400 international guests and countless unforgettable moments: On October 1, 2016, the great anniversary "50 years of Lamy design" was celebrated at Heidelberg Castle.

A spectacular lightshow projected on the historical facade of the castle opened the event and, at the same time, marked the peak of this year's jubilee. The projection mapping built a bridge between traditional hand-writing and the digital age, thus documenting the development of Lamy into a cosmopolitan brand of global relevance.

The company set an example with the progressive performance: "Lamy is present. A brand with tradition", explains CEO and President Bernhard M. Rösner."But also, and above all, Lamy is a brand with future, more vivid and contemporary in the digital age than ever."