Josef Pohl (1894 – 1975) was a Czech lighting designer.
He designed the 1929 precursor of the adjustable lamp. Gerd Balzer produced his model. As part of its Kamden collection, Korting und Mathieson created a similar lamp. Pohl and others at the Bauhaus also executed the prototype adjustable wall lamp illustrated in Staaliches Bauhaus, Weimar and produced by Jucker. In 1932, Balzer and Pohl were given the task of coordinating Bauhaus students’ work, which culminated in a competition for conference and furniture design.
Bachelor Wardrobe on Castors
Josef Pohl’s Cupboard Element on Rollers (1929-30) is a masterpiece of functional design that embodies the modernist ethos of simplicity and practicality. The piece, also known as the “Bachelor’s Wardrobe,” was designed to be mobile, space-saving, and affordable, making it an ideal solution for small apartments and tight budgets. Pohl’s design features clean lines, a minimalist aesthetic, and a focus on functionality over ornamentation. The wardrobe’s clever use of rollers allows it to be easily moved around a room or tucked away when not in use. Its modular design also makes customisation easy to fit different needs and spaces. Pohl’s Cupboard Element on Rollers is a testament to the power of good design to solve real-world problems and improve people’s lives.
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