Discover Germany, Issue 30, September 2015

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Main image: Coffee pot and cup, Service 639. Design: Wilhelm Wagenfeld for Fürstenberg Porzellanmanufaktur, 1934. Photo: Hans Hansen, 1995

Discover the world of Wilhelm Wagenfeld - A Bauhaus icon The Wilhelm Wagenfeld House in Bremen pays homage to one of the Bauhaus era masterminds, who shaped the world of industrial product design forever. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: WILHELM WAGENFELD FOUNDATION

In the design museum and exhibition centre the Bremen born artist’s heritage has been carefully preserved and curated for generations to come under the umbrella of the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Foundation. Since 1998, exciting exhibitions and events are organised here in order to offer visitors an unparalleled insight into daily life culture during the 20th and 21st century through the eyes of Wilhelm Wagenfeld, student of the great Walter Gropius. “Wilhelm Wagenfeld (1900 – 1990) is one of the most influential creators of German product design. He was the only Bauhaus student who took a successful path into the large industrial corporations. His works for Schott & Gen., Jenaer Glas or the Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF) are remarkable. Many of the issues Wagenfeld worked on are today more topical than ever. His experiments with new material and techniques were important steps on

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the way to sustainable design,“ Dr. Julia Bulk, chief scientist and managing director at the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Foundation, explains. And she continues: “The foundation’s collection is unique, because it does not only focus on the finished product, but also on drafts, rare models, photos and industrial plans. This allows visitors to truly comprehend the design process as done by the creator. Which thoughts take an important role in a new design? What influences material and shaping and how can detailed solutions improve the functionality of an object of utility? What are the dynamics between social and society related development on the one hand side and the creation of daily use objects on the other hand?“ There is a great deal to discover and grasp a glimpse of the Wagenfeld spirit. Until 3 April 2016 the exhibition, The discovery of things. Photography and design., offers visitors the great chance to take a

Top: Lufthansa on board tableware. Design: Wilhelm Wagenfeld, 1955 for Deutsche Lufthansa. Completion: Joh. Buchsteiner Plasticwerk, Giengen an der Fils. Photo: Jens Weyers Above: Salt and pepper shakers Max + Moritz. Design: Wilhelm Wagenfeld für Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik, 1954/56) Below: Wilhelm Wagenfeld House, Bremen. Photo: Jens Weyers Portrait: Wilhelm Wagenfeld in his workshop, around 1954

closer look at the so far undisclosed pictures by Wilhelm Wagenfeld as well as the works of other photographers such as Dore Barleben, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Hans Hansen, Atelier Louis Held, Adolf Lazi, Willi Moegle, Martin Parr, Albert RengerPatzsch, Wolfgang Siol, Anton Stankowski and Jens Weyers. The exhibition examines the relationship between photography and product design by scrutinising people’s agreement with reality.