Lamy is an independent family-owned enterprise which was established in 1930 by C. Josef Lamy in Heidelberg. The LAMY brand has existed since 1952 and proved its innovative prowess in the very first year with the completely novel LAMY 27 fountain pen series. In 1966 the distinctive style of Lamy Design was born with the LAMY 2000.
The first writing instrument of the new Lamy design era was created in joint project with a "free-lancer". This was Gerd A. Müller, a man who was one of the advocates of the Bauhaus movement. This alone was enough to impel Lamy to select him to provide the company with the initial impetus for its new design style and to provide his input to it over the years.
By the 1970s the valuable experiences gained from this type of collaboration, most importantly the inspiring exchange of view between "independent creative spirits" and in-house employees who work in the area of design, had led to this co-operation growing to encompass other product designers and design studios.