PAINTS WITH TRADITION
J. W. v. Goethe k e i m. the craft of producing p a i n t. 7 König Ludwig I. A. W. Keim KEIM. THE ORIGINAL. UNRIVALLED SERVICE LIFE AND COLOUR BRILLIANCE FOR GENERATIONS. WHAT THE KING WANTED None other than King Ludwig I of Bavaria was the catalyst for the intensive research activities pursued by Adolf Wilhelm Keim (1851–1913), a trained potter and chemistry student from Munich. The king longed to experience brilliantly colourful Italian lime fresco work in his own kingdom in Bavaria. But the much cooler, damper climate in Bavaria proved to be a problem. WHO INVENTED IT? Based on research by the great poet and impassioned scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Keim was fascinated by the chemistry of mineral pigments and binding agents and how to make a paint that looks like lime but is as indestructible as stone. Eventually, the inventor succeeded in developing a binding agent made of liquid potassium silicate: this was the groundbreaking invention of the silification principle, forming a permanent chemical bond between paint and masonry. In 1878 he received the imperial patent for his mineral paints, setting new standards in terms of durability, colour intensity and light reflection. Thanks to the right combination of liquid potassium silicate and inorganic colour pigments, A. W. Keim laid the cornerstone for a very special company history. BETWEEN TRADITION AND INNOVATION Out of deep conviction and bridging the gap between tradition and innovation, KEIMFARBEN continues to develop and produce exclusively mineral products and systems right through to the present day. Mineral paints by KEIM are a constant feature in architectural history of the 20th and 21st century: from the Historicist Movement via Art Nouveau and Bauhaus through to today‘s spectacular deconstructivist buildings. They have inspired generations of renowned architects, craftsmen and artists, and are used wherever high demands are made of both architecture and paint in terms of aesthetic appeal, health aspects and construction physics. The world‘s best paint for the world‘s best architecture. Architectural icon Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon.