Pair of cabinets, Bruno Paul, Vereinigte Werkstatten fur Kunst im Handwerk Munchen, ca. 1907
Bib.: dep. in Hermine Heusler-Edenhuizen, “You must dare! Life Memories of the First female German Gynaecologist”, Hamburg 2003, p. 113; Vitrine of a gentlemen’s room by B.P. dep. in “Moderne Bauformen, Monatsheft für Architektur”, 1909
Committed to the idea of bringing together art and craftsmanship in high-quality execution, Bruno Paul co-founded the Vereinigte Werkstätten für Kunst im Handwerk München in 1897, following the example of the British Arts and Crafts movement.
Just under a decade later, we find the tower-like vitrines documented in the contemporary magazine “Moderne Bauformen, Monatsheft für Architektur”.
Simple in design, they clearly bear the signature of the sought-after furniture designer and interior architect who was a pioneer of the functional Bauhaus style.
The high vitrines stand on console feet. Three glass windows in the door structure the front side. The square windows, bordered with ebonized laths, emphasize the sober character of the vitrine and give it a light elegance at the same time. An ebonized top edge closes off the simple piece of furniture horizontally.
The ameublement was already owned in the 1920s by Dr. med. Hermine Heusler-Edenhuizen (1872-1955), the first female German gynaecologist, and has been in family possession ever since.
Bruno Paul (Seifhennersdorf 1874 – 1968 Berlin)
Bruno Paul was a German designer and architect. He studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Dresden and, from 1894, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Together with fellow artists, he founded the Vereinigte Werkstätten für Kunst im Handwerk (United Workshops for Arts in Crafts) in 1898, inspired by the British Arts and Crafts movement. Paul was also a founding member of the Deutscher Werkbund in 1907.
Initially, Paul’s designs for furniture and interior design were still associated with a sober Jugendstil style. His geometrically designed room furnishings attracted attention at German arts and crafts exhibitions and also won awards at world exhibitions (Paris 1900 or St. Louis 1904).
With his representative interiors (e.g. Faber-Castell-Schlösschen Nuremberg) and designs for villas or business premises, Bruno Paul certainly served an upper-class clientele. He also made a name for himself as an interior designer of luxury liners for Norddeutsche Lloyd, where he worked as an in-house architect for a time.
At the same time, Bruno Paul is considered a pioneer of a modern, functional style, which meant the departure from Art Nouveau. Thus, he developed modern serial modular furniture, which was later produced by the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau. With his designs, Paul subsequently influenced well-known modern architects such as Mies van der Rohe.
With his appointment as head of the School of Arts and Crafts in Berlin in 1907 and his appointment as director of the University of the Arts in 1924, Paul exerted a strong influence on the modernization of the educational system and, in particular, elevated the role of the applied arts.
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