About Us


Founded in the year 1917, LEUCHTTURM can now look back on over 100 years of experience in the manufacture of high-quality stationery.

The family firm is now in its fourth generation, with Axel and Max Stürken managing this Hanseatic company since the 90s. We are guided by the idea of producing well thought-out notebooks and planners which meet our customers’ high standards of quality and are a pleasure to use. When developing our products, we pay attention to every detail – because details make the difference.

Characterised by a love of the product, functional details, outstanding quality and a wide range of colours, what LEUCHTTURM1917 stands for – above all – is a clear design language, which has won many awards.

At LEUCHTTURM1917 we are led by a our conviction: thoughts grow into words, sentences and pictures. Memories become stories. Ideas are transformed into projects. Notes inspire insight. We write and understand, learn, see and think – with the hand.


A natural relationship

Writing down your thoughts in a notebook is, in itself, a truly long-term affair – especially if the notebook is made by our company.

Family businesses are in it for the long run.

We have been producing fine stationery for more than one hundred years. As a North German family-owned enterprise, we proceed with Hanseatic calm, determination and foresight. While we continuously improve the quality of our products and processes, we remain dedicated to taking responsibility for our employees, our social environment and increasingly for our partners, whose production processes we help to adapt to the highest international standards.

Our paper is sustainable.

The owners of our notebooks, sketchbooks and planners make their entries with fountain pens, ballpoint pens, crayons and pencils of different thicknesses and origins. To suit each individual application, we strive for the perfect paper in the appropriate quality, smoothness and grammage. Paper that is 100% recycled would not meet this requirement. We therefore use paper that also contains long fibres obtained from fresh pulp. Of course, all of our papers are FSC-certified. Because at LEUCHTTURM1917, we have been dealing with this issue for a long time; we even keep track of the development of paper produced in the paper mills that supply us.

Our processing methods are sustainable.

We print the pages and covers of our notebooks, planners and sketchbooks with mineral oil-free, water-based inks and varnishes. Our products also meet the stringent requirements of the EU REACH chemicals regulation, which is based on the rigorous Californian “Proposition 65”, a type of continuously updated list to protect drinking water, the environment and people from substances that are hazardous to health. Here too, we do not wait until the laws become stricter, but see ourselves as part of the solution – with sustainable innovations that we develop together with our partners.

Notebooks, planners and sketchbooks are sustainable at heart.

Anyone who writes down their thoughts and ideas with pen and paper is holding on to them and thus deliberately creating a potential personal archive. Our books are not consumer goods; they are consumer durables that become valuable objects when used. Month after month, they are indispensable companions and – once all pages have been filled with writing – are never disposed of. Most of our customers save their notebooks, planners and sketchbooks, because they contain precious memories, ideas and personal history that are treasured most. It doesn’t get more sustainable than that.