Glass Tea Service, designed by Wilhelm Wagenfeld (1930-1934)
Wagenfeld's lifelong dedication to the modern movement and its ideals of functionalism, simplicity and mass production are evident in this tea service first produced in the early '30s. Its clarity and purity convey a timeless quality, which no doubt accounts for its continued production. Brought to the Jenaer Glaswerk by its principal, Erich Schott, Wagenfeld was commissioned to design heat-resistant glass products such as this tea service. It was his first design for the firm, and included a teapot in three different sizes with a central diffuser to strain the tea. Wagenfeld preferred not to promote the service under his name believing that industrial design is the expression of collective design and execution. It remains one of the purest expressions of Wagenfeld's industrial aesthetic in which every aspect of the relationship between form and function is figuratively and literally transparent.1
Marcel Breuer became a master at the Bahaus 1924, when the cabinetmaking and metal workshops were combined. Within a short time, he began creating tubular steel furniture like these tables, which were designed to be mass produced.
German Bauhaus objects are characterized by their simple forms, clean lines, and inexpensive materials. A superb example of pure Bauhaus design, this adjustable table lamp is the only work by Christian Dell in an American collection. Dell held the position of Master Craftsman at the Dessau metal workshop, and the shape of the modern office light was largely developed by him.