Hermann Gretsch (1895 – 1950) 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.
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.
Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing. https://amzn.to/317X5Pi
Woodham, J. M. (2006). A dictionary of modern design. Oxford University Press. https://amzn.to/3FQyWLO
Bareham, L. (2013). The Trifle Bowl and Other Tales. Bantam. https://amzn.to/3E3WOv8
Betts, P. (2007). The Authority of Everyday Objects: A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design. University of California Press. https://amzn.to/3E6QV0m
Marchand, S. L. (2020). Porcelain: A History from the Heart of Europe. Princeton University Press. https://amzn.to/3o4173O
Margolin, V. (2018). The Politics of the Artificial: Essays on Design and Design Studies. University of Chicago Press. https://amzn.to/3E3u9GB
Woodham, J. M., M, J., & Woodham, D. D. H. R. C. J. M. (1997). Twentieth Century Design. OUP Oxford. https://amzn.to/3E5qDvd
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Dutch Moderne: Graphic Design from De Stijl to Deco
Mid-Century Modern Icons of Design
Bauhaus – Updated Edition (taschen)
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