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  Design (1930-1980)

Designer - Furniture

In the 20th century the opulent ornaments of historism were replaced by a more functional form. Between the 20ies and the 70ies the designers left the strict frame of functionalism and created more soft forms using innovative materials. Renowned architects like Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Frank O'Gehry, Mario Botta, Charles Eames, Mies van der Rohe, Arne Jacobsen and Roland Rainer designed furniture corresponding with and meant for their architectural work. They used experimental materials like tubular steel, stacked wood, cardboard and plastics .

Designer - Objects

In Weimar, where Walter Gropius was once leading a school for modern industry design, various objects for daily use like for example lamps or cars are still being designed - all based on the intellectual framework of the Bauhaus. The designers there follow the credo of Le Corbusier: "Good design is not supposed to have an end in itself, but should be to the benefit of man". Examples for this philosophy are the zic-zac-chair by Gerriet Rietveld, the Savoy-vase by Alvar Aalto, the Volkswagen by Ferdinand Porsche, the lamp by Poul Henningsen, the mobile phone by Phillipe Starck and the radionurse by Isamu Noguchi. All the above objects have a clear function and can so be distinguished from "conventional" art objects

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