Draft by Herbert Hirche

Thing of the Month May is a draft from our archive by Herbert Hirche who developed this stackable plywood chair for the first official appearance of the Berlin Werkbund at the German Industrial Exhibition, Berlin.

It opened its doors at the exhibition grounds in 1950. Art histrorian wrote about it in his review: “These are beginnings, but good beginnings that commensurate with the economic standard. If things continue this way, and if more companies understood the time, in ten years our living culture could once again compete with that in America and the Scandinavian countries. Only homes are missing. But they’ll be built by then.”

Herbert Hirche’s plywood chair is on display in the current special exhibition “gern modern? Living Concepts for Berlin after 1945” in historic photogrpahs and in 3D as a further development from 1953.

Sammlungsobjekt Sperrholzstuhl, Herbert Hirche, helles Holz, Lehne mit Schlitz, Aufnahme frontal
Plywood Chair, Herbert Hirche, 1953. Photo: Armin Herrmann