Rotterdam Centraal Netherlands, Lighting Design

Ulrike Brandi, a German lighting designer, has made a significant impact in the field of design with her innovative creations. From her early education in literature to studying industrial design under notable mentors, Brandi’s journey led her to become an independent consultant and lighting designer. Her notable projects include the design of a solar-powered light for Erco Leuchten and Mannesmann-DEMAG. Brandi’s exceptional designs have earned her prestigious awards, including the Design Plus competition and the Design Bourse competition. Her ability to seamlessly blend aesthetics and functionality has made her a trailblazing figure in lighting design.Read More →

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Bruno Paul (1874 – 1968) was a German architect, cabinetmaker, designer, and teacher. He was born in Seifhennersdorf. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Dresden, from 1886 and painting at the Akademie fur Kunst, Munich, under Paul Hocker and Wilhelm von Diez, from 1894. Read More →

A NSU Prinz in 2007

Explore the remarkable career of Claus Luthe, an influential German automobile designer, known for his innovative contributions to iconic brands such as NSU, Audi-NSU, and BMW. Discover Luthe’s design language, including the iconic “bathtub” shape and the revolutionary wedge form, which left an indelible mark on the automotive industry. Learn about his role in shaping the visual identity of renowned marques and the lasting legacy he has left behind. Get insights from OpenAI’s ChatGPT, your source of information on Claus Luthe and more.Read More →

Peter Raacke metalworker

Hessische Metallwerke commissioned Raacke to produce metal cutlery, kitchen equipment, and cookware, most notably his “Mono-a” line (v-33), with silverware available in stainless steel and sterling silver.Read More →

Anni Albers

Anni Albers was a German Textile Designer, artist and teacher. She was born in Berlin and was the Wife of Josef Albers.Read More →

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Erna Zarges-Dürr (1907-2002) was a German silversmith. She was professionally active Pforzheim, Leipzig, Berlin. and Stuttgart. Between 1924-27, she trained at Bruckmann und Söhne, Heilbronn, as the first women in the silversmiths’ department. From 1927, she studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Pforzheim, under Theodor Wende and others. Read More →

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Walther Klemm (1883-1957), a German painter, printmaker, and illustrator, was known for his monochromatic woodblock prints, particularly of animals. This article delves into Klemm’s life, from his early years in Karlsbad to his recognition at the Vienna Secession Exhibition and his professorship at the University of Fine Arts in Weimar. Celebrated for his unique interpretation of nature, erotic art, and contributions to the art world, his work is now housed in prestigious institutions like the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Klemm’s impactful artistic legacy continues to resonate in modern art circles today.Read More →

1970s Collection of Plus Bowls and Pitcher by Wolf Karnagel for Rosenthal Studio

Wolf Karnagel, a renowned German designer and teacher, has made significant contributions to the world of design. His versatile portfolio includes iconic glass ranges, such as “Joy” and “Pandio,” as well as the sterling silver flatware collection “Epoca.” Karnagel’s designs have been featured in prestigious publications and have earned him recognition globally. In addition to his design work, he has dedicated himself to education, serving as a professor at Hochschule der Kunst. Karnagel’s influence extends beyond teaching and design, as he has also been appointed as a juror for the esteemed iF Design Award. His enduring legacy as a visionary designer and educator continues to inspire and shape the design industry.Read More →

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Albert and his wife Klara Reimann founded the Schülerwerkstatten für Kleinplastik (School for Small Sculpture) in Berlin in 1902. Reimann was a gifted craftsman who created prototypes to produce bronze, copper, silver, gold, and pottery. Read More →

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The late German architect Frei Otto’s work can be seen all over the world in pavilions and sports stadiums. His impact on the Olympics is huge, from the design of Rio’s Maracana stadium to the tent-like roofs he made for Munich in 1972. He influenced a generation of British architects, including Norman Foster, Michael Hopkins and Nicholas Grimshaw. Otto’s influence can be seen in the lightweight fabric roof of Lord’s cricket ground (1987) and the bubble-like domes of the Eden Project (2000).Read More →

Mid Century Farmer Chair - Featured Image Gerd Lange

Lange Gerd, a trailblazing German designer, made a significant impact on the design industry through his furniture and lighting design expertise. Born in 1931 in Wuppertal, Gerd studied at the Werkkunstschule and began his career in 1964. He collaborated with renowned manufacturers and exhibited his work in influential exhibitions, such as the ‘Die gute Industrieform’ in Hanover and the ‘Contemporary Furniture’ in Munich. Gerd’s legacy continues to influence contemporary practitioners, inspiring future generations to combine functionality, innovation, and aesthetic appeal in their designs.Read More →

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Frogdesign made a global impact in the 1980s by virtue of its products’ visual expressiveness and ergonomic success, traits that attracted an extensive and prestigious client listRead More →

Otl Aicher 1972 Munich Olympics Archery poster. Featured image

From 1946 to 1947, Otl Aicher (1922 – 1991) attended the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. He later became closely affiliated with Ulm’s highly influential and radical Hochschule Für Gestaltung after founding a studio there the following year.Read More →

Hans Poelzig

Hans Poelzig (1869-1936) was a German architect and designer who studied at Technische Hochschule, Berlin Charlottenburg and Technische Hocschule, Berlin. He worked in Breslau, Dresden, Preussiche Akademie der Kiinste in Berlin, and became a professor at the Technische Hochschule in Berlin Charlottenburg. He was influenced by Expressionism, Reinhardt’s Schumann Circus, and the Grosses Schauspielhaus in Berlin.Read More →

Jugendstil an artistic style

Jugendstil, an artistic style that originated around the mid-1890s in Germany and persisted throughout the first decade of the 20th century. READ MORRead More →

Lily Reich plans for Mies house

Lilly Reich was a German interior designer and furniture and exhibition designer who studied embroidery and collaborated with Else Oppler-Legband. Reich’s professional relationship with Mies van der Rohe began with the 1927 ‘Weissenhof-Siedlung’ exhibition, and she designed interiors and furniture for the 1936 of Dr Facius in Berlin-Dahlem and 1939 furniture for Dr Schäppi’s apartment in Berlin.Read More →

Walter Gropius

Walter Gropius (1883 – 1969) was an architect born in Germany in the early twentieth century who contributed to the founding of the Bauhaus School. He lived in the United States after 1937 and taught at Harvard University, where he continued to defend the principles of Bauhaus, especially the use of functional materials and clean geometric designs.Read More →

Anchor Blocks

Anchor Blocks were a German system of building blocks that were popular as a children’s construction toy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, notably in Europe. Dr F. Ad. Richter in Rudolstadt, Germany, began developing and manufacturing the system in 1879. The concept was based on the FROEBEL block system, which significantly impacted Frank Lloyd WRIGHT’s design philosophy.Read More →

Peter Behrens German designer featured image

Peter Brehens (1868 – 1940) was a German graphic artist, architect and designer. He studied at the Karlsruhe and in Düsseldorf and Munich.Read More →

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Engineer Emil Rathenau founded AEG as the Deutsche Edison Gesellschaft für angewandte Elektrizitäts (DEG) two years after seeing Edison’s lighting at the Paris Exposition Internationale de l’Electricité in 1881.Read More →