Our Mission

We believe innovative design can bring creativity, joy and inspiration into our lives. But the world of design changes fast, with new trends just around the corner.

ppd’s goal is to time and again breathe new life into napkins and home décor through high-quality.

Our History

Milan, 1990 – As a master’s student at Bocconi, Thomas Halstrick was excited by the designs the surrounding shops displayed. Watching them, he thought: Why don’t they offer designs like these on napkins?

The intuition to print napkins was no mere coincidence. Rather, it was rooted in his family’s longstanding history in paper production, spanning 4 generations and starting in 1903.

However, up until Thomas’s father Georg, the focus was placed on the mass production of paper goods. Napkins featured – if anything – classic or uni-colored prints.

Thus, inspired by Italy, Thomas founded Paperproducts Design (ppd) in 1991. He wanted to create napkins that are more than a commodity. But a design product.

Therefore, at their first trade show he and the designer Luca Bassi decided to do things a little differently.

Amidst 300m2 white booths by other paper giants, they  went – on their 12m2 booth – all-in-black.

And presented their first modern napkin designs in hanging gallery frames.

Excited by the new business model, Georg Halstrick and Werner Ricker became shareholders in 1994 and enabled sustainable growth.

Since the passing of Georg Halstrick in 2018 and the departure of Werner Ricker in 2021, Thomas Halstrick has been the sole shareholder.

Together with his wife, Alexandra Halstrick, who has been responsible for product and design development since 2010, they jointly lead the company today.

ppd today

Paperproducts Design offers you a wide range of unique designs on napkins, home accessories, and 2-Go products. As an internationally operating company, it has established itself as a strong partner for specialty and designer shops and has made itself a name for high-quality paper products Made in Germany.




3 global offices










designer collaborations


napkin packages per year


trade fairs per year


Meckenheim, Germany

San Fransisco, USA

Beugen, The Netherlands


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