Details: Published by Die Neue Sammlung Munchen. Edited by Werner Blaser. 1958. First edition. Softcover. Saddle-sewn. 28pp. 210 x 150mm. Printed in black and white, paginated. Text in German. Layout by Werner Blaser.
About: Small booklet to accompany the 'Furniture made of wood and steel - Alvar Aalto, Mies van der Rohe' photo exhibition, The New Collection Munich, 1958.
(Foreword) "Some architects have designed more furniture models within a decade than Mies van der Rohe, who is now seventy, and Alvar Aalto, Finland's leading architect by a dozen, in their entire lives. This exhibition offers only a few forms of furniture, but finds its justification in the groundbreaking importance of the furniture that both architects designed in an organic context with their spatial creations and for the special purposes of their buildings. Many of the labels that are shown here were created decades ago, but still today in the harmony of function and construction and in their simple, clear form. There is so much inventiveness in search of effects, so much of the “upper formed” that Mies van der Rohe, when he was creating his first chair in 1927, in a letter to Walter Riezler, put this on a par with the unformed, he wrote, was nothing that other appearances that it seems necessary to us, with this exhibition, to emphasize what is genuinely formed."
Born in 1924 and a student of Alvar Aalto, Werner Blaser studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and in Japan. He opened his own studio in Basle in 1959 and for a long time worked with Mies van der Rohe, publishing various books about the latter's architecture.
Very good condition; light shelf ware consistent with age. Small ink inscription to bottom left corner of cover. Interior clean with exception of small pencil inscription and library emboss stamp first end page top right corner. Please contact me should you have any further questions about condition.
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