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Hans Theo Baumann was one of the greats of postwar design, who in search of the perfect form succeeded in finding it on so many occasions: from the sublime glass-in-concrete windows of the Matthäuskirche in Pforzheim to the incredibly popular Rosenthal coffee service 'Berlin' and the award-wining Delta set for Hutschenreuther. His chosen materials were often glass and porcelain, but it was with a simple handmade wooden box that he attracted the attention of Philip Rosenthal, with whom he collaborated for decades.
Hans Theo Baumann was a cofounder of the Association of German Industrial Designers (VDID), and operated his own design studio since 1955. At iF, we remember him especially for his contributions to the Starnberg Conference in 2008, where he enthralled us with his knowledge, wisdom and humour. Born in Basel in 1924, he died at the age of 91 on 6 August 2016.
It is hard to imagine the design world after his passing.
Ralph Wiegmann and the entire iF team
The Matthäuskirche in Pforzheim
Rosenthal Form 200 ABC, Die Neue Sammlung photo by A. Laurenzo
Schönwald Form 898