DERU is a German workshop that existed from the 1950s to the early 1970s. In the 1950s, the company manufactured leather toys as educational materials and delivered them to German schools, etc. In the 1960s, the company began manufacturing animals with complex structures. The company's products are made from a single piece of noumé leather, using outstanding techniques for cutting, bending, crimping, and riveting. After the workshop disappeared and many years have passed, the product has been reevaluated as "German ORIGAMI. To this day, however, little information is available on the creator and maker of this animal.
Björn Dittmann, who has been fascinated by DERU for many years. He set out to revive the DERU, and in 2021 he met Sören Richter, a master craftsman, who has successfully revived it in recent years.
Currently, three types of DERU products are available: elephants, monkeys, and giraffes. The leather is vegetable-tanned and handmade in Hamburg.