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Wilhelm Wagenfeld


Wilhelm Wagenfeld (born 15. April 1900 in Bremen/Germany; died 28. May 1990 in Stuttgart/Germany) was among the pioneers of European industrial design and one of the most important glass and porcelain designers of the 20th century. After learning technical drawing at the Bremen silverware producer Koch and Bergfeld, Wilhelm Wagenfeld completed numerous freelance jobs before beginning his studies in the Metalwork workshop at Bauhaus in Weimar in 1923. After successfully completing his training as a silversmith Wagenfeld took up a teaching position in the Metalwork workshop and from 1928-1930 was head of the workshop. After the dissolution of Bauhaus Wagenfeld began a professional journey that was to see him work with such renowned institutions as the Schott Jena, Rosenthal, Braun, and WMF. In addition, Wilhelm Wagenfeld held numerous teaching and advisory posts including a professorship at the Staatliche Kunsthochschule in Berlin. Despite a long and successful career Wilhelm Wagenfeld is perhaps best remembered for one of his earliest creations - the WG 24 table lamp, universally known as the Bauhaus Lamp and a design that is admired and copied in equal measure. With his doctrine of simple, clearly defined, end-use-orientated design Wilhelm Wagenfeld helped open a new age of industrial product design.


Wilhelm Wagenfeld's world famous table lamp WG 24

Wilhelm Wagenfeld with a group of Bauhaus designers


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