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Learning from the Bauhaus: Herbert Hirche

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In the Learning from the Bauhaus series, Wilkhahn looks at the company’s ties with the legendary school of design.

In the Learning from the Bauhaus series, Wilkhahn looks at the company’s ties with the legendary school of design. Following a foreword and explanation of the historical context, the second part is all about architect and Bauhaus student Herbert Hirche, his furniture and architectural designs for and his influence on Wilkhahn.

Architect and Bauhaus student Herbert Hirche (1910-2002) didn’t just shape product development at Wilkhahn in the 1950s and 1960s, but also the Wilkhahn site with the new office building (1960).
Architect and Bauhaus student Herbert Hirche (1910-2002) didn’t just shape product development at Wilkhahn in the 1950s and 1960s, but also the Wilkhahn site with the new office building (1960).

Hirche’s 480 upholstered furniture range for Wilkhahn is a typical example of the company’s transformation from a chair to a contract furniture manufacturer.

Hirche’s 480 upholstered furniture range for Wilkhahn is a typical example of the company’s transformation from a chair to a contract furniture manufacturer.

The Wilkhahn office building, based on plans by Bauhaus student Herbert Hirche, in Eimbeckhausen (1960).

An entranceway, added at a later date, to Herbert Hirche’s office building for Wilkhahn.

An entranceway, added at a later date, to Herbert Hirche’s office building for Wilkhahn.

An entranceway, added at a later date, to Herbert Hirche’s office building for Wilkhahn.

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