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Peter Behrens

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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...

Bauhaus (1919–33)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Founded in 1919 in Weimar Germany, the Bauhaus school was arguably the most influential design institution of the twentieth century. Founder and first Rector, architect Walter Gropius, created a design school that bridged the gap between...

Social Housing

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Social housing is an umbrella term for a variety of forms of affordable housing for low-income populations, often used synonymously with public housing. It varies among different countries and historical periods in terms of property...

International Style

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The term International Style is synonymous with modernism when applied to the rationalist, nonhistoricist architecture that dominated much of the twentieth century. The term first appeared as the title of book published to complement...

Wohnbedarf

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...In 1931 Siegfried Giedion, Werner Max Moser, and Rudolf Graber founded the company Wohnbedarf AG in Zürich, Switzerland. Their aim was to offer to the public useful and well-designed furniture, textiles, lamps, and other items for the home....

La Triennale di Milano (1933–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The Triennale is a significant Italian exhibition of contemporary design originating in the Biennale of the Decorative and Applied Arts held in Monza in 1923. In 1930, the Triennale displayed works from the Berlin Werkbund and the Dessau...

Reich, Lilly (1885–1947)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Lilly Reich was a German furnishing and textile designer, best known for her interior schemes and tubular steel furniture developed with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. After training as an embroiderer, she worked for Josef Hoffmann at the Wiener...

Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig (1886–1969)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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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...

Thonet (Gebrüder Thonet)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Gebrüder Thonet was a Viennese furniture company established in 1853 by carpenter Michael Thonet (1796–1871), originally from Boppard on Rhine, and his five sons. With several patents to bend wood, the company...