The first Riedel in the trade of luxury glassware was Johann Cristoph, born in 1673. He lived in Pavlovice, manor Neuschloss, in northwest Bohemia, near Haida and Steinschönau, which in the early eighteenth century were to become world centers of trade for Bohemian crystal glass.
Maximilian J. Riedel, appointed CEO and President of RIEDEL Crystal in 2013, is the 11th generation of the family-owned company based in Kufstein, Austria. Best known for the revolutionary stemless “O“ glassware series, which he designed and marketed in 2004, Maximilian has earned accolades from The Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco MoMA, the Corning Museum of Glass. Today, in addition to his leadership of RIEDEL Crystal worldwide, he is the principal designer of the glassware company‘s decanters.
Maximilian further strengthened RIEDEL‘s commitment to the hospitality industry by the introduction of the RIEDEL Restaurant and Restaurant Sommeliers lines, which provide the company‘s glassware at lower cost and greater durability to restaurants and hotels, allowing greater access to beverage directors‘ favorite “wine tools“.