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A quick post for a Friday lunchtime. This is a book cover by V. H. Brunner, Ladislav Sutnar’s teacher, from a folder the latter compiled in memoriam in the 1930s. Brunner was a pioneer of Czech cubism.

A quick post for a Friday lunchtime. This is a book cover by V. H. Brunner, Ladislav Sutnar’s teacher, from a folder the latter compiled in memoriam in the 1930s. Brunner was a pioneer of Czech cubism.

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The Tonarmwaage, literally ‘sound arm scale’ in English, was designed by Dieter Rams in 1962.
One of the most scarce of all vintage Braun items, it is a tool for calculating the ideal balance for a stylus on a record player.
It’s arguably the perfect expression of Rams’ and Braun’s practical minimalism.
The Tonarmwaage was featured on the cover of Wallpaper October 2007 when Dieter Rams was invited to guest edit the magazine.

The Tonarmwaage, literally ‘sound arm scale’ in English, was designed by Dieter Rams in 1962.

One of the most scarce of all vintage Braun items, it is a tool for calculating the ideal balance for a stylus on a record player.

It’s arguably the perfect expression of Rams’ and Braun’s practical minimalism.

The Tonarmwaage was featured on the cover of Wallpaper October 2007 when Dieter Rams was invited to guest edit the magazine.

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A small Ruppelwerk money box with the legend ‘For the holidays’, the design attributed to Marianne Brandt, 1929-32.
Brandt’s tenure at the company was short-lived, coming after a short stint working at Walter Gropius’s architectural office in Berlin.
She took over control of the firm’s metal product range and was charged with updating and reviving it, but ultimately found the firm’s inveterate conservatism stifling.

A small Ruppelwerk money box with the legend ‘For the holidays’, the design attributed to Marianne Brandt, 1929-32.

Brandt’s tenure at the company was short-lived, coming after a short stint working at Walter Gropius’s architectural office in Berlin.

She took over control of the firm’s metal product range and was charged with updating and reviving it, but ultimately found the firm’s inveterate conservatism stifling.

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These striking period door handles were designed for the administrative offices of the giant I.G. Farben paint factory in Frankfurt.
The building, completed in 1931, was the work of the architect, painter and set designer Hans Poelzig.
One of the progenitors of the Modern Movement, Poelzig participated in the first major International Style project, the 1927 Die Wohnung expo.
The event saw the construction of an entire estate of modernist dwellings in the elevated Weissenhof suburb of Stuttgart.
Poelzig contributed a prototype single family house alongside Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Gropius and Behrens among others.
His imposing I.G. Farben building still stands and has become the centrepiece of the Goethe University campus in Frankfurt. Poelzig died in 1936, aged 67.
I suspect that these nickel-plated bathroom door handles are probably later production, possibly late 1940s.
Literature | Siegfried Gronert, Türdrücker der Moderne, eine Designgeschichte, W. König, Köln, 1991.
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These striking period door handles were designed for the administrative offices of the giant I.G. Farben paint factory in Frankfurt.

The building, completed in 1931, was the work of the architect, painter and set designer Hans Poelzig.

One of the progenitors of the Modern Movement, Poelzig participated in the first major International Style project, the 1927 Die Wohnung expo.

The event saw the construction of an entire estate of modernist dwellings in the elevated Weissenhof suburb of Stuttgart.

Poelzig contributed a prototype single family house alongside Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Gropius and Behrens among others.

His imposing I.G. Farben building still stands and has become the centrepiece of the Goethe University campus in Frankfurt. Poelzig died in 1936, aged 67.

I suspect that these nickel-plated bathroom door handles are probably later production, possibly late 1940s.

Literature | Siegfried Gronert, Türdrücker der Moderne, eine Designgeschichte, W. König, Köln, 1991.

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Here’s an original poster stamp for Bauhaus and modernist architecture enthusiasts.
Held in 1927, Die Wohnung (The Dwelling) was a Deutscher Werkbund exhibition that became a key moment in the emergence of the International Style.
Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Peter Behrens, Bruno Taut, Mart Stam and J.J.P Oud were among the architects invited by project director Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe to create buildings for an entire estate of progressive buildings specially created in the Weissenhof suburb of Stuttgart.
Despite damage during WW2 and subsequent unsympathetic urban regeneration many of the buildings of the Weissenhofsiedlung (Weissenhof Estate) have been restored and two have been shortlisted for UNESCO heritage status reflecting the site’s international architectural significance.
Click on the image for more information in my Room 606 shop.

Here’s an original poster stamp for Bauhaus and modernist architecture enthusiasts.

Held in 1927, Die Wohnung (The Dwelling) was a Deutscher Werkbund exhibition that became a key moment in the emergence of the International Style.

Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Peter Behrens, Bruno Taut, Mart Stam and J.J.P Oud were among the architects invited by project director Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe to create buildings for an entire estate of progressive buildings specially created in the Weissenhof suburb of Stuttgart.

Despite damage during WW2 and subsequent unsympathetic urban regeneration many of the buildings of the Weissenhofsiedlung (Weissenhof Estate) have been restored and two have been shortlisted for UNESCO heritage status reflecting the site’s international architectural significance.

Click on the image for more information in my Room 606 shop.

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This early Braun pocket lighter - the Mach 2 - was co-designed by the firm’s design director Dieter Rams with Florian Seiffert back in 1971.
It’s Good Form in miniature, using a basic combination of black and silver to connote quality and simplicity. A completely timeless piece of design.

This early Braun pocket lighter - the Mach 2 - was co-designed by the firm’s design director Dieter Rams with Florian Seiffert back in 1971.

It’s Good Form in miniature, using a basic combination of black and silver to connote quality and simplicity. A completely timeless piece of design.

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Despite what’s often printed in the reference books, the HL1 or Multiwind table fan was designed by Reinhold Weiss in the winter of 1959-60, a full two years before Dieter Rams become director of the firm’s legendary design department.
It’s a particularly ingenious design, using a spinning slotted cylinder to produce a surprisingly strong gust of cool air in two optional speed settings. To my mind, despite being a full 50 years old, it is far more effective than modern fans of the same size.
Click through the image for more pictures and the opportunity to buy from my store.
Use the code HAPPYNEWYEAR for a 10% discount on any item until January 13th.

Despite what’s often printed in the reference books, the HL1 or Multiwind table fan was designed by Reinhold Weiss in the winter of 1959-60, a full two years before Dieter Rams become director of the firm’s legendary design department.

It’s a particularly ingenious design, using a spinning slotted cylinder to produce a surprisingly strong gust of cool air in two optional speed settings. To my mind, despite being a full 50 years old, it is far more effective than modern fans of the same size.

Click through the image for more pictures and the opportunity to buy from my store.

Use the code HAPPYNEWYEAR for a 10% discount on any item until January 13th.