side by side is the trade name for the design collection that was developed in 2001 by Caritas Wendelstein Werkstätten in cooperation with Sabine Meyer (project manager), factor product (graphic design agency) and more than 15 freelance designers. Product development, marketing & sales and the warehouse are located in Raubling in Bavaria's alpine upland. Wendelstein Werkstätten employs 120 disabled workers in different departments, including 80 who work in the well equipped wood workshop.

Socially Responsible? Sustainable?


side by side is a registered trademark of the Caritas Wendelstein Werkstätten in Rosenheim and Raubling. The workshops are run by the nonprofit Caritasverband München and Freising e.V.

side by side is not an independent entity, but rather a department within the workshop. The products are sold under the side by side label. Shipping and distribution are handled by the workshop in Raubling.

The workshops operate under a government mandate and offer people with intellectual, physical, psychological and multiple disabilities employment, helping them to participate in society. The wages are generated by the products sold by the workshop. The successful marketing of the side by side products secures the wages.


defacto.designHannes Weber & Nikolaus Hartl, freelance industrial designers, with offices for furniture and object design as well as interior design in Munich.
designdirectBritta Kratz and Elke Leipf are Dipl-Designers in Kronberg for product and garphic-design. Their core business are developments for home accessories and wooden toys.
ding3000Sven Rudolph, Carsten Schelling, Ralf Webermann – a innovative design studio in Hanover that designs products, spaces and concepts.
factor productAgency for product and communication design – is responsible for side by side's first corporate design and for various side by side products.
Simon BredtFreelance Designer in Berlin. He designed the “Bookshelf Bookmark“ in a studio with Professor Maier-Aichen.
Benedikt AchatzProduct Designer – designs for various companies and also works as a photographer in Munich.
Theresa AnglStudent of Design at the University Bozen - she designed the products for side by side during a project at the University together with Atelier Prey.
Anneke BiegerFreelance designer in Hamburg. Her focus is on furniture, accessories andtrade fair booth design.
Tim BrüggemannCarpenter and designer with his own label "Formfreund" developing furniture and interiors in Steinhagen.
Alexander FuchsAlexander Fuchs is studies design at the University Bozen - he designed the wardrobe "Anderl" during a Univerity project with Atelier Prey
Jörg Gätjensworks as a freelance industrial designer in his office for design and product development in Cologne
Bernhard GlasFreelance industrial designer with an office and workshop in Munich – emphasis on furniture design and accessories.
Markus Gläser & Jan EiltsFreelance designers. They designed the “Piggy Bank Fritz“ in a studio with Professor Maier-Aichen.
Leonhard GschwendtnerLeonhard Gschwendtner is master cabinetmaker. He is team leader at the core of side by side at the cabinetworkshop in Raubling.
Martin GschwendtnerCraftsman and industrial designer in Munich - enjoys exploring solutions through simple means
Klaus HacklFreelance industrial designer in Munich - he designs objects for series production for international clients
Yunlong HeAs a designstudent at the HfG Karlsruhe he designed the handle “You will need me“ in a studio with Professor Maier-Aichen. Today Yunlong lives as freelance designer in Shanghai
Christian HoislFreelance industrial designer in Munich - designs furniture, accessories and appliances, for indoors and outdoors.
Vera von LaufenbergCologne-based design office founded by Vera von Laufenberg, designs products for the residential, living and working space.
Kirchhoff & MuckleSince 2009 they design indoor and outdoor objects.Their Products are useful, simple and ease your life.
Chris KoensRotterdam, Netherlands - Office for design and development of serial products in the field of home accessories and consumer items.
Helena Lebáfreelance product designer, creates since 2001 in her studio in Cologne successfully design products.
Matthias LehrFreelance designer who lives and works in Nuremberg - he primarily designs kitchen and table accessories.
Christian LessingCabinet maker and illustrator. He works in Düsseldorf developing ideas and solutions for home, garden and public spaces.
Bianca LockerFreelance grafic designer who lives and works in Munich. She also designs functional and innovative products for children and adults.
Christoph MatthiasIndustrial designer and lighting designer in Munich. Since 1990 he has designed and developed lighting for series-production, lighting concepts, as well as home furnishings and products.
Sabine MeyerMunich, industrial designer and project manager for side by side at Caritas Wendelstein Werkstätten. She designs home accessories and toys.
Frank MüllerFrank Müller has worked at Atelier Freistil in Hamburg for 5 years. He draws imaginary animals with enthusiasm. This comming summer he will display his works in his first individual exhibit.
muokoDesignstudio based in Neubeuern at the alps - they are focused on home accessories
Olze & WilkensKaren Olze und Gisa Wilkens are working in Berlin and Freiburg in the field of product and graphic design. Their focus is on home design objects and accessories.
zuckerbrotundpeitschBielefeld, since 2008 Dominik Peitsch is developing ideas, concepts and function for new products
Jette ScheibFree-lance designer, lives and works in Haarlem, Netherlands. Emphasis on successful kitchen and home accessories.
Sabine SchumacherHamburg, Interior Architect, develops and sells design accessories for her own company called "not the girl who misses much"
Studio TaschideSandra Tan and Johannes Schiebe founded the design office Studio taschide in 2004 and develop concepts for living, work and lifestyle.
Andreas UlbrichtBoat and product designer. In his studio in Hamburg, he designs toys, utensils and home furnishings, primarily in wood.
vonboxvonbox stands for modern interior products which are special in form and function. As a result vonbox offers durable and innovative furniture and accessories with their own character.
Katja ZschiegnerKajtja Zschiegner works at the art workshop of Diako Diakonie Eisenach.
Her special tatent is drawing. She says about art: "one is able for art by nature."

Awards & Fairs

Special show Nordstil 2018tradefair Hamburg ( winelight, countdown )
FORM 2015tradefair Frankfurt ( fruit bowl OhLáLá)
German Design Award 2015Special Mention ( brush and dust pan )
Reddot 2014honourable Mention – wardrobe Tim Tom
Design PLUS 2013tradefair Frankfurt, Ambiente ( Little Stool, Birdi to go)
Topseller Areatradefair TrendSet Munich 2012 WineLight
Home & Trend Award 2011special show trade fair Frankfurt, Tendence - side by side – company of the year 2011
Centre National des arts plastiques 2010WineLight, trivet, Birdroof, wardrobe simply x, doorstopper Sweety, wall hooks, dish for grwoing cress
FORM 2010tradefair Frankfurt (dish for graowing cress and cookie bowl moose)
special show „Personal Shopper"trade fair Frankfurt 2010
Special show „Trends" trade fair Frankfurt 2010Design award Early Bird Hamburg 2010 ( WineLight 2nd price )
form 2009tradefair Frankfurt ( shoe rackLady Long, Liebkind bag )
FORM 2017tradefair Frankfurt ( side table Emil, cutting board CutWell )
Design PLUS 2015brush and dust pan
German DesignAward 2014Special Mention
(Little Stool)
Special Show „Trends"tradefair Frankfurt Ambiente 2013
Special Show „Trends"tradefair Frankfurt 2012
FORM 2008tradefair Frankfurt ( Countdown, fire lighter,tipping spoon,trivet L)
exhibition „Case Study 08“Rat für Formgebung, 2008
Special Show "Trends"tradefair Frankfurt 2008
FORM 2007tradefair Frankfurt
DESIGN PLUS 2007trade fair Frankfurt (dish towel Loop)
Special Show „Personal Shopper“tradefair Frankfurt, 2006
Solutions 2015brush and dust pan
Design Plus 2014Posterhanger
FORM 2012trade fair Frankfurt ( Little Stool, 1 for 8, Birdi to go)
FORM 2006tradefair Frankfurt
FORM 2005tradefair Frankfurt (Au Pair, TV-Maid, just for birds)
Design PLUS 2005tradefair Frankfurt (just for birds, names & notes)
FORM 2004tradefair Frankfurt
Special Show Design Centre MunichInternat. Handwerksmesse Munich, 2003
Special Show "Flair " 2002 & 2003Heim und Handwerk Munich
Eine neue Deutsche WelleEinzigart, Zürich, 2003
FORM 2003tradefair Frankfurt
Design PLUS 2003tradefair Frankfurt, tradefair Moskow
FORM 2002tradefair Frankfurt

Our Team

Sabine Meyer

Project management, design, product development, marketing


Brigitte Schneider

Product Management, Marketing, Sales

Sandra Kresken

Order processing, billing, distribution logistics

Claudia Trost, Regina Bien, Martin Schober und Robert Köhler

Warehouse, shipping, trade fair construction and special orders The workshops of Caritas Wendelstein Werkstätten
and German wide 12 further workshops for people with disabilities

& more than 30 creative freelance designers.