Lobmeyr was founded in 1823 by Joseph Lobmeyr. When his sons Joseph and Louis acquired the company they renamed it J. & L. Lobmeyr. Joseph managed the family-owned business and communication while Louis ran the artistic direction of the collections. The operation of the Viennese crystal manufacturer passed onto the Lobmeyrs’ second generation, Ludwig Lobmeyr, in 1864, who is recognized as being responsible for the revival of Bohemia's glasswork quality as the region had seen a decline of its long revered glass making tradition. Ludwig Lobmeyr brought his own artistic vision, his quality rigor and developed the craftsmanship techniques that challenged the masters who worked under him in the glass studios.
An influential designer and visionary talent, Ludwig Lobmeyr is also responsible for the revival of the indigenous art of glass and crystal engraving in Europe. Lobmeyr brought the style back with the presentation of a special collection for the Paris International Exhibition of 1867 and his company's reputation for exquisite crystal and finely detailed cuttings were solidified at Vienna's International Exhibition of 1873. Ludwig grew the family’s eponymous collection with iconic and timeless commissions from the leading Viennese architects and designers - pieces which today belong to major museums’ permanent collections around the world as well as those that round out numerous private collections. 150 years later, Lobmeyr’s most iconic collaborations include, among others, those with Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos and Oswald Haerdtl.
Through generations J. & L. Lobmeyr has influenced and contributed to the Design and Craft legacy of Austria and Europe. The manufacturer has developed pieces for prestigious clients around the world both institutional and private. Projects include the Schönbrunn Palace, the Vienna State Opera, the Kremlin, Metropolitan Opera, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The family name may also be attached to the significant evolution of the glass making tradition and extended technologies related to the scope of their collections. In 1883, Lobmeyr partnered with Thomas Edison and together they developed the first electric chandeliers in the world. The 1925 drinking set "ambassador" marks the first design of a modern martini glass. Until Adolf Loos' design for a Lobmeyr water tumbler, all drinking glasses had stems; a far cry from the glassware we are now all so accustomed to.
In 1962, fourth generation Roth Lobmeyr wrote and published the history of the family and the J. & L. Lobmeyr company. Today, the company is still owned and run by the family’s descendants: Leonid, Johannes Rath and Andreas Lobmeyr.