(L-R) Arie Wissman, Chairman of the Boards; Nachum Wissman, President.
(photo credit: COURTESY OF WISSMAN GROUP)
The story of the Wissmann Group mirrors the story of Israel. It is the quintessential immigrant experience set against the background of a feisty nation born in the midst of bitter conflict and hopeful dreams.It began in 1932 when Leo Wissmann, an artist, carpenter and an ardent Zionist, and his wife Yehudit immigrated to Israel from Germany. Over the years, their business, which started from a humble workshop in Jerusalem featuring a small-scale production, grew to turning out furniture that garnered much acclaim from their customers. Public figures and respected institutions are instinctively drawn to Wissmann’s well-crafted handiwork.The Wissmanns furnished the home of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, and those of many of the State’s early ministers, as well landmarks such as the President’s Residence, Hebrew University, Mormon University, Israel Museum, Hadassah and Shaare Zedek hospitals and the King David, Hilton and Four Seasons hotels. They accomplished important projects in Egypt, Iran, Mauritius and Africa. The list goes on. The couple had two sons, Arie and Nachum, who were expected to take over the reigns – and did just that. Arie, who is now Chairman of the Board, went to Denmark to study the furniture industry, while Nachum, President, went to Germany to specialize in interior design. This education, plus, according to Nachum, “our father’s almost endless knowledge and experience which was instilled in us each and every day”, proved invaluable and a determining factor in the Wissmann Group’s enduring success.