Egon Eiermann

Born in 1904 Neuendorf, died in 1970 Baden-Baden): Training 1923-27 Technische Hochschule Berlin Charlottenburg; 1925-28, master class of Hans Poelzig. 1928 joined the Deutscher Werkbund. 1931-45 was an architect in Berlin and, from 1948 in Karlsruhe; 1949-70 designed ranges of tubular-steel-and-wood furniture by Wilde & Spieth in Oberesslingen and 1951-70 wovenwicker furniture by Heinrich Murmann in Johannisthal, including 1949 E10 tube chair; 1950s glassware by Richard Süßmuth; furniture by Honeta. 1952-63 he was a member of the board Deutscher Werkbund Baden-Württemberg. 1960s, served as an advisor on new buildings to the Deutscher Bundestag und Bundesrat in Bonn. Eiermann Plywood chairs (1949 three-legged SE42 and 1951 steel/wood SE 68) by Wilde & Spieth may be criticized for their unabashed plagiarism of designs by Charles and Ray Eames; his other (1952 folding SE 18 and 1958 rush-seat SE 119) were somewhat distinguished; many models are still in production, some by Richard Lampert in Stuttgart.

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