and social responsibility.”
This company has a rich tradition, with its roots dating back to the year 1550. That is when the original pan forge was founded in Ybbsitz in the Lower Austrian Mostviertel region. The manufacture of high-quality porcelain enamel kitchenware began here in 1922.
Today, Julian Riess, Friedrich Riess and Susanne Riess, the ninth generation of the family, are at the helm of the company.
The RIESS porcelain enamel factory is the only porcelain cookware company in Austria and produces also porcelain enamel shields and industrial components. The traditional brand is now represented and popular in many countries in Europe, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan.
For more information on our company please visit also our corporate site www.riesskelomat.at
and social responsibility.”
“Cookware made from natural raw materials, produced in a climate-neutral way at a regional family-run business, that’s what we stand for.” The manufacturing process is powered by green energy from the three hydroelectric power plants along the Ybbs, which have provided electricity generation since 1926. The extra power is fed into the natural electricity grid, making production a CO2 neutral process.
In the selection of our raw material providers, we take short transport routes and environmentally-friendly means of transport such as trains and ships into account alongside quality. This strengthens the region and protects the environment.
Many manual work steps must be taken by the Riess team before a piece of distinctive enamelware leaves the production site. The team’s passion for quality has its roots in the company’s social commitment.
You can find further information on this in the RIESS Sustainability Report.
“Good design lasts, many of our kitchenware products have been on the market for decades.” Julian Riess
1920 – 1960:
Classic RIESS kitchenware includes pots, pans, baking tins, bowls, scoops, sieves and bowls with 2 handles in white, pastel colours, black and brown. They are still timeless today and popular cult objects worldwide, especially the much loved jug.
The Austrian design icon Carl Auböck, among others, created a striped, round-bottomed pot for RIESS.
The Austrian design team POLKA, Monica Singer and Marie Rahm create the limited polka dots edition for the Vienna Designweek. The idea of the saucepan was changed, modified and transformed.
As a part of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK ’13 Passionswege the British designer Oscar Wanless explored unconventional shapes of our enamelware production. By experimenting with different and “wrong in itself” positive and negative shapes in metal deep-drawing he created objects and vessels, far away from the geometry of the Riess pots, having almost textile qualities – ruffles and flounces in metal!
We have worked with the Dottings design company, Katrin Radanitsch and Sofia Podreka.
The ideas of RIESS truehomeware with the AROMAPOTS (cooking), KITCHENMANAGEMENT (storage) and finally RIESS EDITION Sarah Wiener (baking) lines came into being. Our Riesen (Giants) and Zwerge (Dwarfs) and the giant pan carrier also bear her distinctive signature.
During our factory tours you experience at close quarters how an enamel pot is made. Enamel is glass fused onto iron in a furnace. This is exciting to watch. The kitchenware is pressed and stamped out of metal and then dipped in the enamel sludge, dried and finally fired in the furnace at 850°C. It takes up to 40 work steps to make a pot – each item is handmade in Austria.
We are the only enamelling factory in Austria and we always look forward to a visit.
We are happy to carry out factory tours by prior appointment (from a group size of 10 people) from Monday – Friday between 8.00 and 10.00. Please plan approx. 1½ hours for this. After the tour, there is the possibility to buy goods with small cosmetic errors ex stock, at very low prices.
Registration: Please write an email to Marina Reisenbichler: reisenbichler (at) riess (dot) at