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Next to icons like Dieter Rams or Hans Gugelot, Hans Erich Slany, who passed away 2014, was one of the most renowned and influential industrial designers to this day! He studied mechanical engineering in Esslingen after the war and ran his design office there for over 50 years, which continues to flourish today - TEAMS. At iF, we had the honor to welcome him as a jury member four times! A special show at the Esslinger art association exhibits this pioneer’s work until 19 January 2020.
Why do we need design? Why should a perforater or a windproof clothes horse be “designed” in the first place? It has to be – first and foremost – functional, right? While design affine people might shook their heads about these questions, they are at the core of the deepest meaning of design itself – and Slany was among those who manifested industrial design in everyday life.
Among his designs, and also among all iF awards his design team received over the years, were
tape recorders, saucepans, spark plugs, can openers, packaging machines, concrete mixers, industrial robots or screwdrivers. Nothing was too small for him – he designed everything that could be manufactured. See his designs in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.