VILLEROY & BOCH
Villeroy & Boch is one of the world’s leading premium brands for ceramic products. The family business, which was founded in 1748 and is headquartered in Mettlach/Germany, stands for innovation, tradition and exceptional style. As a renowned lifestyle brand, Villeroy & Boch offers products from the sectors Bathroom and Wellness and Tableware, and is active in 125 countries.
As a proven partner for high-quality bathroom solutions, Villeroy & Boch works with architects, planners and interior designers – from the first draft to the final version. Its modular PROJECTS system offers collections and products for individual project requirements with clear pricing and thematic-area segmentation. Working across the globe, the company can point to numerous completed installations across a range of design briefs with different project requirements.
The company’s strong roots in European culture have shaped the development of a premium brand that is now a household name all over the world, from its foundation in 1748 to the present day. Villeroy & Boch is now represented in over 125 countries with its Bathroom and Wellness and Tableware products. The group’s headquarters is the Old Abbey in Mettlach in the Saarland region of Germany.
Jean François Boch, the third generation of the Boch family, purchased the Benedictine abbey in 1809. The company now operates production sites in eight European countries, as well as Mexico and Thailand. Villeroy & Boch employs around 7,300 people all over the world. It has been a joint-stock company (Aktiengesellschaft) since 1987 and was listed on the stock exchange in 1990.
The company is continuing its international expansion, focusing on new growth markets while maintaining a strong presence in its core markets in Western Europe. Villeroy & Boch offers innovative product and furnishing concepts for both the consumer and contract markets. The House of Villeroy & Boch shops
present a stylish selection of products revolving around the themes of dining and tableware, as well as a wide selection of gift items to turn every moment into something special. In the Bathroom and Wellness area, Villeroy & Boch offers high-quality products designed to transform the bathroom into a stylish and functional oasis of wellbeing.
Whether optimising ceramic material, product functionality, product design or production processes, Villeroy & Boch’s aim is to maintain the best while creating something new. The guiding aims for our innovations are optimal user-friendliness combined with premium aesthetics, everyday comfort and maximum sustainability.
The company archives were created as a private family archive by Eugen Boch (1809-1898) in the early 1950s. Between 1854-1857, he asked the “scribe” Ch. Sternberg to transcribe all documents related to the Mettlach monastery (later to become the Abbey) in the archives in Coblenz and Metz and in libraries in Bonn and Trier and collate them in four volumes. Eugen Boch’s work was continued by his son René von Boch (the family was ennobled on 23.09.1892). After the death of René von Boch in 1908, the archiving work slowed down. It stopped completely during the war.
Luitwin von Boch (1906-1988) arranged for the reorganisation of the central archive in 1957. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Merzig factory in 1979, a Merzig archive was created. For space reasons, it was consolidated with the Mettlach central archive in 1993. People with an interest in history (historians, students, local researchers) can find many written and photographic documents as well as items from the production range in the company archives.