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.

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.

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

Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed 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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