Alfons Bach (1904 – 1999) German Industrial Designer

Alfons Bach Yellow Sofa
Alfons Bach Yellow Sofa

Alfons Bach (1904–1999) was a watercolour painter and industrial designer from Germany. He is noted for his architectural design projects and tubular steel furnishings, which have been called “period icons.”

Early Life

Alfons Bach was born in the German city of Magdeburg. He was born and raised in Munich. In Berlin, he went to school. In 1926, he relocated to New York, New York. He had studied film and design before his relocation.

Biography

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.

Legacy

The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and Yale University Art Gallery all have his work in their collections. Bach and his wife, Anita, possessed a set of 17th-century sliding-door panels from a Zen monastery in Kyoto, Japan, which are now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing. https://amzn.to/3ElmSlL

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, July 30). Alfons Bach. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 01:04, November 4, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alfons_Bach&oldid=1036262031

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