Design Classic – Influential and important design
In 1929, a distinct porcelain studio was established at the Kunstgewerbeschule Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, under the artistic leadership of Marguerite Friedlaender, as a result of a collaboration with the KPM state porcelain factory in Berlin. She designed the Hallesche Form tea and coffee set for KPM in 1930, which was a huge commercial success, especially with Trude Petri’s gold rings (1931) decor.
Teapot – Hallessche forms
The hallmarks of this teapot (see below), one of the finest Bauhaus designs, are simplicity of form and timeless design well-adapted to industrial fabrication. The pure white glaze and clean surface of the teapot created an appealing and modern look. Form and function are wonderfully resolved in three crucial areas: an angled spout flows effortlessly without leaking; the countersunk lid does not fall out when tilted, and the big handle makes pouring easy.
Under increasing Nazi persecution, Wildenhain escaped Germany in 1940 and retreated to Pond Farm, a communal retreat in Guerneville, California. Her Pond Farm creations were offered in department stores like Gump’s in San Francisco and used the same concepts she pioneered in Europe.
Brohan, T., & Berg, T. (2001). Design classics: 1880-1930. Taschen.
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