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Design Classics from Germany

Within Europe, Scandinavia and Italy are most often credited for innovative design. But a number of design classics have been created in Germany, among them the Wassily club chair and the Wagenfeld lamp […]

Within Europe, Scandinavia and Italy are most often credited for innovative design. But a number of design classics have been created in Germany.

The industrialization of work which began by the second half of the 18th century not only led to workers being replaced by machines; it also required designers to develop prototypes for serial production.

A major milestone in German design history came with the Bauhaus School, founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius. Architects, designers, artists and craftsmen experimented with forms and design.

Later on in Germany, the Ulm School of Design also had an important influence on the country’s output. Designers predominantly used plastic until the 1970s, when the oil crisis put an end to this trend.

When does a good design become a timeless classic that’s still sold decades later and whose originals can reach top prices? Some pieces of furniture have such a high quality that they survive all trends and wear. They are one-of-a-kind pieces that can add style to any interior, among them the Wassily club chair and the Wagenfeld lamp.

“Design Classics from Germany” video from Euromaxx

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Source: Design Classics from Germany | Euromaxx – Lifestyle in Europe | DW | 14.11.2018

By Itamar Medeiros

I'm a Strategist, Branding Specialist, Experience Designer, Speaker, and Workshop Facilitator based in Germany, where I work as Director of Design Strategy and Systems at SAP and visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, I've helped truly global companies in several countries (Brazil, China, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, The United Arab Emirates, United States, Hong Kong) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles.

During my 7 years in China, I've promoted the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai.

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