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Peter Behrens

Designer Biography

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...One of the founding members of the Deutscher Werkbund, German architect and designer Behrens is considered to be the first industrial designer, who worked as the artistic advisor for German electrical manufacturer Allgemeine...
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...Mies van der Rohe was an influential architect and designer who dominated much of the twentieth century and is often known purely as “Mies.” Born in Aachen Germany, Mies served his apprenticeship in the studios of furniture maker/designer...

Walter Gropius

Designer Biography

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...One of twentieth century’s most influential architects and design educators, Gropius studied architecture in Munich from 1903 and moved to Berlin in 1905, working in the office of the architect and designer Peter Behrens from 1908. In 1910,...

AEG (Allgemeines Elektricitäts Gesellschaft)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Emil Rathenau (1838–1915) founded Allgemeines Elektricitäts Gesellschaft (AEG) (German Electrical Appliance Company) in Berlin in 1883 under the name Deutsche Edison-Gesellschaft für angewandte Elektrizität (DEG), having obtained patents...

Behrens, Peter (1869–1940)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...One of the founding members of the Deutscher Werkbund, German architect and designer Behrens is considered to be the first industrial designer, who worked as the artistic advisor for German electrical manufacturer Allgemeine...

Munich Secession

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...A group of Munich-based artists designated themselves as Secessionists in the late nineteenth century. On April 4, 1892, ninety-six artists seceded from the Munich Künstlergenossenschaft (Artists’ Cooperative) and founded a new group...

Domestic Appliance Design

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Possibly the first domestic appliance was the cast iron coal range, which began to be inserted into kitchen fireplaces in the late eighteenth century. In the mid-nineteenth century they were a standard fitting in most middle-class houses...

Art and Technology

Design: Critical and Primary Sources Volume 1 : Design Reform, Modernism, and Modernization

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book Chapter

...Lecture delivered at the 18. Jahresversammlung des Verbandes Deutscher Elektrotechniker, Braunschweig, May 26, 1910 Even when compared with the outstanding eras of the past, the products of the human creative urge in our own age...

Rhythm

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...On a basic level, the term denotes the perception of pattern as the regular repetition of elements. It is most marked when these sequences are experienced through time (i.e., via music, speech, or the ticking of a clock) but can also...

Visual Style

Design: Critical and Primary Sources Volume 4 : Development, Globalization, Sustainability

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book Chapter

...On 1 October 1907 Peter Behrens, architect and designer, took up the post of ‘artistic adviser’ to the giant AEG company in Berlin. He became responsible for the design of buildings, products and publicity material. Over the next few years,...