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Born in Germany in 1900, he died in 1990.

Wilhelm Wagenfeld was a German industrial designer, teacher and printmaker. He began his education at several German drawing academies, and studied silver working, engraving and design before being admitted to the Bauhaus’ metal workshop, in Weimar, in 1923. For his school’s final exam, in 1924, Wagenfeld created what would become his most famous design: the Bauhaus Lamp WG 24. One year later, he became a teaching assistant for the metal workshop at the Staatliche Bauchochschule, which replaced the Bauhaus, and then directed the same workshop until 1930. At that time, he started collaborating with industrials and eventually created his own agency, creating designs in glass, porcelain and metal, like tea services, kettles and lamps. His design are characterized by their functionalism; Walter Gropius, the legendary director of Bauhaus, even described his work as a perfect application of the idea of socially responsible work promoted by Bauhaus.

 

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