Manufactum has been selling selected high-quality products of everyday use for more than 20 years. Founded by German bookseller Thomas Hoof in 1988, Manufactum gained an outstanding reputation for its unique approach characterized by a rigid, strictly quality-driven product selection, traditional manufacturing methods and a serious, fact-based communication. The Manufactum catalog is a good example of the company’s excellence. First published at the end of 1988, the catalog became rapidly famous among the clientele for its impeccable German-written product features and ironic notes, for which Manufactum received the “Kulturpreis Deutsche Sprache“ (German Language Culture Prize) in 2003. The catalog was later complemented with retail stores in Waltrop, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Stuttgart and Frankfurt, and a webshop serving European countries such as Austria, UK and Switzerland.