Wilhelm Wangenfeld (1900-1990) Germany

Wilhelm Wangenfeld was a famous German industrial designer. He is considered one of the most important and influential German industrial designers of all time. Wangenfeld studied art between 1916 and 1919, and was also at the same time an apprentice at the silverware factory Koch & Bergfeld. Wangenfeld later trained as a silversmith from 1919 to 1922 and then started his own workshop together with Bernhard Hoetger and Heinrich Vogeler in 1923. The same year began Wangenfeld also study at the Bauhaus school in Weimar, where he created the design classic "Bauhaus Lamp" in 1924.

 

Wangenfeld worked as a freelancer after the Bauhaus school closed in 1933, and also began designing different utility goods in glass. Between the years 1935-47 Wangenfeld was the artistic director of the glass factory Vereinigte Lausitzer Glaswerke, and 1937 his work was displayed at the World Exhibition in Paris. During the rest of his career, Wangenfeld both as a teacher at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts and a industrial design consultant for well-known companies such as WMF, Braun and Rosenthal. Today, many of Wangenfeld’s designs are displayed in permanent exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

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