Golem is a manufacturer of artistic and architectural ceramics, with its headquarters in Berlin. The young company (founded in 2002) has developed within just a few years as the leading German producer of historic tiles.
Inspired by the varied colour and shapes of the tiles around the turn of the century, Golem has developed an entire palette of historic building tiles. Golem seeks to preserve and carry forward this rich variety of forms: There are classical models of Germany’s Gründerzeit (Founder Epoch) and Art Nouveau motifs, but also ornamental, floral and geometric patterns, as well as tiles decorated with the clear, splendid forms of Art Déco.
Golem has thus revived the culture of wall- and floor-jewellery. Walls and floors, which usually appear as plain, nondescript surfaces, are optically and functionally divided by the glazed tiles, as if on a screen on which the decorations and ornaments unfold their full effect.
Most of the patterns come from the manufactory’s designers, such well-known artists such as Josef M. Olbrich, J.J. Scharvogel and Henry van de Velde. Technically, the tile production also follows the highest standards: Thus Golem opts for the dry pressing method developed by Eugen von Boch in the mid-19th century, which was long forgotten; the company extended it through its own production methods, oriented toward the structure of archaeological mosaics.
The references speak for themselves. Golem supplied wall and floor decorations for the most prestigious redevelopment projects in Germany, such as the Schwerin Castle, the Lübeck Holstentor, the Hackesche Höfe in Berlin and the Herzogin Anna Amalia Library in Weimar.