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Design Classics

2019 was the year of the Bauhaus. We celebrated this avant-garde movement with a special design dedicated Bauhaus expert series, based on a journey deep into the iF archive. Our first encounter, Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, is followed by Prof. Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Max Bill. Discover other classics and those that you may not have known about.

Bauhaus Icons I | Walter Gropius and Rosenthal

Rosenthal Teapot

Architect and Avant-garde master of modernism, Walter Gropius inspired and sculpted the whole idea, aesthetics and people of the Bauhaus. IF was also able to unearth a treasure in its archive. This goes back to 1970.

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Bauhaus Icons II - Industrial Design Pioneer Wilhelm Wagenfeld and iF

Bauhaus Icons II - Industrial Design Pioneer Wilhelm Wagenfeld and iF

"I assure you that you and your work are the model case for what the Bauhaus has been after." Bauhaus founder Gropius wrote these words in a letter to Prof. Wilhelm Wagenfeld in 1965. And sure he was right, as Wagenfeld is considered a pioneer of industrial design of the 20th century until today.

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Wilhelm Wagenfeld Collection from the iF Archive

Bauhaus Icons III | Max Bill and his Watches for Junghans

Max Bill and Junghans | Bauhaus

Swiss architect and artist Max Bill not only shaped the modern design education, he also created iF awarded watches for Junghans.

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55-year-old design award winners - selected by Prof. H. Lindinger

55-year-old design award winners - selected by Prof. H. Lindinger

This design special includes objects of some older iF winners that are still appealing today - selected by Prof. Herbert Lindinger. Design classics from usability and aesthetic standpoint

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8 Classic German Designs

8 Classic German Designs

When you think of German design, what comes to mind? Here are eight classic German designs from the archives of iF DESIGN AWARD WINNERS that we couldn't do without.

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Jacob Jensen and the iF DESIGN AWARD

Jacob Jensen and the iF DESIGN AWARD

Danish designer Jacob Jensen won an iF product design award for his very first project at Bang & Olufsen, the Beomaster 1000. It would not be his last.

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Dieter Rams - 10 Principles for Good Design

Dieter Rams - 10 Principles for Good Design

In 1976, Dieter Rams gave a speech in New York on his design work for Vitsoe. For Rams, these 10 principles were a method of organizing his own thinking about what makes good design. Since then, they have influenced generations of designers, including Jonathan Ives.

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A short history of German Design

A short history of German Design

The appointment of Peter Behrens as artistic advisor of AEG in 1907 can be seen as the birth of corporate design. We would like to remind you of nine more design icons.

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Design by Braun by Franco Clivio

Design by Braun by Franco Clivio

The passion of the designer and lecturer Franco Clivio is aimed at simple, apparently not designed products.

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Designer and Architect: Eero Saarinen

Designer and Architect: Eero Saarinen

Even if you've never heard of Eero Saarinen, you are bound be familiar with at least one of his works: The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. In fact, Saarinen blurred the lines between industrial designer and architect for most of his career.

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