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Hans Erich Slany

Designer DID, Esslingen a. N., Germany

Award Participations

  • iF product design award 1979
  • iF product design award 1971
  • iF product design award 1970
  • iF product design award 1969


Hans Erich Slany (October 26, 1926 Böhmisch Wiesenthal, Tschechoslowakei– September 22, 2013 in Esslingen am Neckar) was a German designer that is considered by many to have been the first industrial designer to design plastic housings for power tools. Slany is also thought of as one of the icons of design in Germany. He founded TEAMS Design GmbH, was a Professor of Industrial Design (ID) for more than 20 years and helped found the Verband Deutscher Industrie Designer e. V. in 1959 (VDID - Germany’s version of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). He then helped the VDID with their entry into the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID).


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