Time travel

Time travel
interlübke timeline

Carefully designed furniture was already being created, mainly by skilled craftsmen, in the early days of our factory. And even if we are considered the inventors of the modern continuous wardrobe: our origins lie in high-quality individual pieces of furniture. To this day, we create modern furniture in a sophisticated design that will enrich your life. It is planned individually, as solitary units or as an integrative concept solution. Wherever you feel perfectly at home …

Polished bedrooms

In the Westphalian town of Wiedenbrück, the brothers Leo and Hans Lübke set up a furniture factory, specializing in the production of polished bedrooms with wardrobes, dressers and beds. The company grows rapidly. During World War II, production is changed temporarily to makeshift housing and furniture for officers, crew lockers and beds, as well as aircraft parts.

1930s

Furniture for railway wagons

In peacetime the factory is used as accommodation for British occupying forces. Commissioned by them, railway wagons are fitted with simple, functional furniture. More complex interiors for buffet and saloon cars follow. Furniture production increasingly shifts back to private residential needs.

1940s

Including the Ethiopian emperor's household

During the Economic Miracle, demand for sophisticated furnishings increases. Customers throughout Germany and its neighbouring countries are supplied, then soon also in countries overseas, even including the Ethiopian emperor's household. On a trip to visit troops in Germany, Princess Margaret from Britain slept in a bedroom made by us in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. The interior designer Michael Bayer becomes the first creative director, designs our exhibition stands and is the first in the industry to have a catalogue illustrated with photos instead of drawings. We are the only German furniture maker actively engaging in brand management and supplying its products exclusively to selected furniture stores.The furniture programme launched under the name An- und Aufbauprogramm 127 (extension and assembly programme) departs radically from the traditional bedroom combinations that are customary in the fifties. For the first time, complete room furnishings can be planned and built using a variety of individual elements, while making optimum use of space.

1950s

„Interior“ and „internationality“

The name interlübke appears for the first time, as a natural association with „interior“ and „internationality“. The neologism becomes the company name and the brand. Michael Bayer designs the word logo that is still used to this day. In 1963 the Swiss interior designer Walter Müller suggests that interlübke produce a „continuous wardrobe“ which is assembled using few parts and can be expanded almost endlessly by adding units. Under the name interlübke 61 the revolutionary design becomes a successful programme. The concept idea is to be found in a further developed form to this day – in our wardrobe programme collect, which can be used universally in all living areas. interlübke grows and grows, with the product portfolio being expanded to include programmes for living and dining rooms. The architect J.G. Hanke designs the new, award-winning company building, which is inaugurated in 1965. With its clear design, executed mostly monochromatically in white, interlübke furniture becomes the epitome of modern living.

1960s

Foundations are laid

Promoting innovative design ideas and making good design even better are among the characteristic traits of interlübke. New market ideas are tried out, including the off-the-shelf programme bip line. Our wardrobe programme alternum is created, and with the ranges studimo and duo the foundations are laid for two genuine interlübke classics. One of the many examples of functionality and technical finesse is the opening mechanism of our gliding-door wardrobe which can be can be opened silently with just the touch of a finger.

1970s

Furniture for the pop generation

With duo, interlübke for the first time launches a consciously youthful and colourful range of furniture for the pop generation. Its creator is designer Peter Maly, who exerts considerable influence on interlübke's portfolio in the seventies and eighties with furniture programmes such as mutaro, duo and a redesign of the wardrobe classic 40S. interlübke expands its circle of creative designers with Rolf Heide and Peter Kräling.

1980s

Clarity, consistency and quality

In economically turbulent times, interlübke again focuses uncompromisingly on the fundamental values of the brand: clarity, consistency and quality. In 1996, Helmut Lübke takes over the management of the company and leads interlübke back along the road to success. He and his son Leo Lübke hold all of the company shares.

1990s

Illuminated furniture

At the beginning of the millennium, interlübke launches the first illuminated furniture with alternating colour moods: eo by Wulf Schneider receives the German Design Award. With the initial design of cube, created for us by Werner Aisslinger, one of the most successful furniture programmes to date is introduced in 2002. In 2010, the revolutionary wardrobe system reef by Neuland Industredesign with cascading fronts is released.

2000s

Germany in private

Instead of elaborate celebrations, a gift to the nation at home: To mark the company's 75th anniversary, the representative opinion research study „Germany in private – How the Germans live“ is published in May 2012. interlübke is being managed in the third generation by Leo Lübke since 2006. With the goal of strengthening and further developing the premium brand and the production location, Dr. Peter Rutishauser and Dr. Richard Lenz acquire the company in October 2014, since when they have been the managing partners of interlübke. At the International Furniture Fair 2015 in Cologne our collections surprise with a new lightness, fresh colours and an emotional material concept for the design of individual surfaces. For the first time in the brand's 78-year history, 50 years after the opening of the company building, a showroom specifically for dealers is created at the site in September 2015. Presented as a living product and factory exhibition, this is where we show our complete premium collection, furnishing concepts and latest innovations.

2010s

interlübke Individual


Customised lacquer

Customised dimensions

Special drill holes

Cut-outs