Rasch Brothers, a German wallpaper production company founded by brothers Emil and Hugo Rasch, has been intimately associated with the German Bauhaus from manufacturing its designs in 1930.
After WWII, the company maintained its progressive edge with the sale of beautiful wallpapers by designers such as Lucienne Day, Salvador Dal, Shinkichi Tajiri, and Bruno Munari. The firm released their Zeitwande (Timewalls) wallpaper line in 1992, which featured designs by Ron Arad, Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, Borek Spek, and Matteo Thun. The company also specialised in the publication of art books and catalogues and had a textile manufacturing division.
Woodham, J. M. (2006). A dictionary of modern design. Oxford University Press.
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Hermann Zapf (1918 – 2015) was born and educated in Nuremberg. Gudrun Zapf-von Hesse, a calligrapher and typeface designer, was his wife. Palatino, Optima, and Zapfino are some of the typefaces he developed.
Trude Petri-Rabin (1906 – 1989) German Ceramicist
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Herbert Hirche (1910 – 2002) German Industrial Designer
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Oscar Barnack (1879 – 1936) and the first 35mm camera
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Albert Reimann (1874 – 1971) German metalworker and educator
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FROGDESIGN (1969) German international design firm
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Wilhelm Wagenfeld (1900 – 1990) German architect and industrial designer
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Ferdinand Kramer (1898 – 1985) German Architect and Designer
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Arzberg Porcelain – prestigious German design
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Herbert Bayer (1900 – 1985) – Universal Typeface – Bauhaus Master
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Hugo Leven (1874 – 1956) German Sculptor and Metalsmith
Leven studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule and then at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. He worked in his father Louis Leven’s studio for a time, had numerous contacts with French artists who had a strong influence on him, and quickly became known. Engelbert Kayser hired him as the first employee in his studio. From 1895 to 1904, Leven designed numerous models for Kayserzinn; his works had a lasting influence on the Art Nouveau pewter foundry. He also worked for the Kreuter company in Hanau and other companies that manufactured metal, silver and earthenware, such as B. Koch & Bergfeld and WMF.
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Michael Boehm (b.1944) German Glassware and Ceramics Designer
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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 – 1969) German architect and designer
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Carl Hugo Pott (1906 – 1985) – German Metalworker & Silversmith
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Alfons Bach (1904 – 1999) German Industrial Designer
In New York City, Bach planned the remodelling of Sach’s and the Seneca Textile Building. His work was shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in early contemporary industrial art shows. In Stamford, Connecticut, he created his own home in 1938. He oversaw the construction of the Ridgeway Center, one of the country’s earliest shopping malls. In the 1930s, Bach designed tubular steel furniture for the Lloyd Manufacturing Company. Until 1947, they continued to produce his works. These tubular objects are seen to constitute a link between Bauhaus and contemporary design. In 1959, he relocated to Florida. In Delray Beach, he designed the Palm Trail Plaza and the Palm Trail Yacht Club. In 1969, he was the curator of the United States display at the International Industrial Design Exhibition. He created designs for GE, Keystone Silver, Pacific Mills, and Bigelow-Samford. He was the American Designers Institute’s president.
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