German-born entrepreneur Max Gort-Barten, determined to utilise his engineering skills and creativity, bought a small factory in Camberwell in 1945. Focusing on manufacturing products for the home, he had several early ideas- one of which gave his company its name- but it was an extraordinary patented toaster that caught the attention of the people.
An astute business, Max focused on designing and engineering a six-slice toaster with a built-in timer- the first of its kind- in 1952. The 1980’s saw the company expanding its factory twice to cope with the insatiable demand for the Dualit toaster, which had become the decade’s must-have kitchen appliance.
Today, Dualit produces a range of kitchen and home appliances which remain firmly rooted in the values Max set out for the company in 1945. One of a handful of successful, independently-owned British manufacturers, they create reliable, well-engineered products with the instantly recognisable– and now nostalgically retro– Dualit aesthetic which can be traced back to Max’s first toaster designs in the 1950’s.