Hermann Gretsch (1895 – 1950) designer for Arzberg

Hermann Gretsch was a German architect, engineer and product designer.


In the 1930s, Gretsch worked for the Porzellanfabrik Arzberg. This German ceramics manufacturer is perhaps most widely recognized in the history of design for its clearly articulated, undecorated, yet distinctive white designs by Gretsch, the 1382 tableware service of 1931. Considered a 20th-century classic, Model 1382 was produced by Arzberg and was a synthesis of his design approach and theories.

Form 1382 | Gretsch, Hermann | V&A Search the Collections

Dinner plate, hard-paste porcelain, designed by Hermann Gretsch, made by Arzberg, Germany, 1931.. Museum Number C.28Q-1981.

These domestic icons of German Modernism embraced the progressive aesthetic spirit pursued by many designers associated with the Deutscher Werkbund, the Bauhaus, and the progressive municipal authorities in the mid‐1920s Frankfurt and Stuttgart, symbolically embracing the Modernist maxim of ‘form follows function’. 

Hermann Gretsch. Dinnerware set. c. 1948 | MoMA

Hermann Gretsch. Dinnerware set. c. 1948. Porzellanfabrik, Schoenwald, Germany. Porcelain. .1 (dinner plate): 10″ (25.4 cm) .2 (bread and butter plate): 6 1/8″ (15.6 cm) .3 (salad plate): 7 1/2″ (19 cm) .4a (coffee cup): 1 7/8 x 4″ (4.8 x 10.2 cm) .4b (saucer): 5 7/8″ (14.9 cm) .5a (tea cup): 2 3/4 x 3 1/8″ (7 x 7.9 cm) .6 (fruit dish): 2 x 5 1/2″ (5.1 x 14 cm).

Cocoa pot (form 3460, decor 6884)

The shape “3460” is one of Gretsch’s first designs for the stoneware factory Villeroy & Boch Dresden . It impresses with its concise form elements that set themselves apart from the strikingly geometrical vessel constructions of the Bauhaus and combine pleasing aesthetics with functionality. Donated from the Armin Cichos collection , Frankfurt / Main, 2001.


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