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Book Review: German Design for Modern Living

By Sandy Amazeen Jun 4, 2008, 4:57 GMT

Book Review: German Design for Modern Living

German design is famous the world over for its exceptional quality. The Bauhaus, established in Weimar in 1919, was probably the most influential school of design of the twentieth century, counting among its teachers and pupils such talents as Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Marianne Brandt. After the Second World War, the Hochschule f√ľr Gestaltung in Ulm gained a reputation for setting new standards in Modernist interior and industrial design, ...more

Spare clean lines, effective color usage and function are hallmarks of German interior design elements as evidenced by this comprehensive design guide. A chronology of more then 170 classic designs begins with Karl Friedrich Schinkelís park benches and chairs of the 1830ís and concludes with Performaís functionally elegant Nuf cabinet system. The last third of the book is made up of an encyclopedic listing of the most innovative and influential manufacturers and designers who have changed how the world looks at furnishings. Everything from coffee makers to light switches, offices chairs to teapots and so much more, have been revolutionized and refined by the Bauhaus ideals.

This is a fascinating look at the history of German modernistic design presented with more then 1000 full color photos along with a brief description of the basic design elements and construction. Most folks will instantly recognize some of the many iconic chair, tableware and coffee table designs and may, for the first time, realize where they originated. An invaluable guide for any student of modern interior design.

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