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(Franz Schneider Brakel)

(established 1881)

Although the company had designed Walter Gropius door handles for the famous Fagus works for many decades its products were generally aesthetically unremarkable. However, in the mid‐1980s—like a number of other German manufacturers, such as the metalware producer WMF and the ceramics, glass, and furniture makers Quartett—the company sought to invigorate its products through inviting nine leading international architects and designers to conceive of designs for future household products. They included Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Alessandro Mendini, and Dieter Rams. Their design propositions were launched publicly in 1986 and discussed at a highly successful design symposium and designer workshops event, drawing attention to a rich variety of possible aesthetic solutions to everyday products.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

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