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André Lurcat (1894–1970)

An important French architect. He has been designing tubular furniture for the Thonet company since 1930 and such as the B 330 table and the simple B 331 chair. Under Thonet's license, they were also manufactured by other companies, such as Mücke-Melder.
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Antonín Heythum (1901-1956)

Architect and interior designer. In 1938 he traveled to the USA to take part in the preparation of the Czech House for the World's Fair in New York and then settled there. He worked as a consultant for HG Knoll and Bell Geddes. In 1948 he became Professor of Industrial Design at ...
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Beck Arnošt (1903-1945)

Interior architect. He studied at the Prague Technical University and worked as a designer for the company Mucke-Melder.
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Christian Dell (1893 - 1974)

German designer and silversmith. He worked as a master of the Bauhaus metal workshop, where his highly innovative style and pioneering design were created. From 1926 he began to design lights, most often for the company for lighting fixtures Gebr. Kaiser & Co.  
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Franta Anýž (1876 - 1934)

He was born in Nová Ves near Rokycany as the eldest of eight children of the metallurgist František Anýž and his wife Benigny, née Černá. He was baptized at the parish in Svatá Dobrotivá (today the local part of Zaječov). He trained as a modeler, former and chiseler of iron cast ...
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Gilbert Rohde (1894–1944)

Born in New York, he worked in the United States as a leading interior architect at Herman Miler Inc. Rohde was a supporter of modern furniture and interiors. He was a promoter of modern materials in furniture, chrome steel, bakelite and plexiglass. One of his most innovative des...
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Hana Kučerová-Záveská (1904–1944)

She was a Czech architect, furniture designer and publicist. She graduated from the Prague School of Applied Arts as a pupil of prof. P. Janák and K. Štipl. An important representative of the interwar avant-garde of architects focused on rational living. She designed kitchen and ...
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Jaroslav Anýž (1902 - 1985)

He was born on October 5, 1902 as the first-born son into the family of a well-known businessman in the field of production of metal art objects and lighting fixtures by Franta Anýž and his wife Pavlína. In 1930, Jaroslav Anýž joined his father's plant as a technical officer and ...
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Jindřich Halabala

Jindřich Halabala was born on May 24, 1903 in Koryčany into the family of carpenter Štěpán Halabala, whose craft he learned in a family business between 1918 and 1920. He then joined the State Czechoslovak Vocational School for Wood Processing in Valašské Meziříčí, which he gradu...
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Josef Hoffmann (1870 - 1956)

Josef Hoffmann   was an Austrian architect and designer. He designed furniture, fabrics, silver and metal objects, jewelry, glass and ceramics. His work is characterized by the purity of lines and geometric forms. In his work, the architect was based primarily on functionalism. I...
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Josef Hůrka

Josef Hůrka is a Czech designer who is closely associated with the NAPAKO company, where he worked since the late 1940s. First as an electrician, later as a lighting designer. He is considered the most active designer of post-war Czechoslovakia in this area. In his luminaire desi...
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Josef Karel Říha (1893-1970)

After studying Prague technology, he worked in the studio of Jan Kotěra. From 1923 he was an independent designer. His first designs were still in the spirit of the aesthetics of the national style; later, however, he stripped the facade of decor and arrived at purism and subsequ...
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Karel Honzík (1900–1966)

Avant-garde architect, known for his functionalist buildings together with K. Havlíček (Pensijní dům-dnes Dům odborů, etc.). He also designed functionalist metal furniture, which was mostly produced by the Vanický company.
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Karel Prager (1923 - 2001)

He was a Czech architect who came from Kroměříž. In 1949 he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague and his most famous buildings also stand in Prague. In addition to residential houses, he is also the author of some important public...
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Ladislav Žák (1900–1973)

He graduated from the Prague School of Applied Arts, where he was a pupil of prof. Josef Gočár. After 1928, he dealt with the design of tubular furniture and also with the issues of rational folk flats. He published his opinions, for example, in the magazine Žijeme 1931 and 1932....
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Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) 1896–1967

Originally Swiss, he spent most of his life in France. He became the world's leading architect of the 20th century. He designed the first tubular furniture in 1926 and 27 (a chair and armchair with leather upholstery). From 1930 he cooperated with the Thonet branch in France. At ...
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Lorenz Anton (1891-1964)

originally a teacher from Budapest, left for Germany in 1919. Through contact with K. Lengyel, Lorenz joined the marketing standart Mobel. When selling this company to Thonet, he kept four prototypes of cantilever chairs as his own design. In 1929, he received a license from Mart...
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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969)

Originally from northern Germany, he studied with architect Petr Behrens. Initially he held expressive forms, in 1929 he created a German pavilion at the World's Fair in Barcelona. In his spirit, he built the Tugendhat villa in Brno a year later. He was a visiting professor at th...
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Marcel Breuer (1902–1981)

He invented modern tubular steel furniture. Breuer studied at the Bauhaus in Wiemar. After a short stay in Paris, he returned to the Bauhaus in Dessau in 1925, where he designed his first tubular steel lounger. Its original design was used to equip the Bauhaus building, but the d...
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Mart Stam (Martinus Adrianus Stam) 1899–1986

Avant-garde architect. He joined the Van Nelle factory project (1926-1929). Mart Stam was a founding member of CIAM. He taught at the Bauhaus school. He is rightly considered to be the inventor of the famous cantilever chair (1926), which he made himself in his apartment in Stutt...
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Michael Thonet (1796 - 1871)

German furniture designer. He is known for his experiments with bending wood, which he then used in his profession. He first presented bent furniture to the public in 1841 at an industrial exhibition in Koblenz. The following year, he founded his own furniture company in Vienna. ...
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Robert Slezák

A trained locksmith originally from Bystřice pod Hostýnem, he founded a small locksmith's workshop in his hometown in 1908 for common locksmith products, furniture and building fittings, the so-called Slezák factory. The workshop grew rapidly, production was first expanded with t...
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Willem Hendrik Gispen (1890 - 1981)

Dutch industrial designer, famous for Giso lamps and mass-produced functionalist steel tube furniture. In 1916 he bought a small smithy, from which he built the famous Gispen factory for metal production. Many mass-produced designs, such as the No. 412 armchair, are still among t...
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František Langer

He worked as a designer for SAB.
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Fritz Gross (1895 - 1969)

Austrian artist and architect. He was born in 1895 in Vienna and died in 1969 in London. He studied in Vienna and Paris and is best known as an architect who developed the design of the "open plan", which was first seen in 1929. He and his family moved to London in 1938. During t...
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Gustav Siegel (1880 - 1970)

Austrian interior and furniture designer. He studied at the School of Applied Arts in Vienna and was a pupil of the architect Josef Hoffmann. He then worked for Jacob & Josef Kohn as chief designer. Gustav Siegel became famous for his low-backed armchair from the late 18th ce...
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Hynek Gottwald, Brandýs nad Orlicí.

The company was founded by Ignác (Hynek) Gottwald in 1894 as a shop with household goods, among other things, for the sale and production of furniture based in Prague. In 1913 he specialized in the production of then fashionable brass furniture (especially beds, bedside and flowe...
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J. Vorel

Manufacturer of lighting and metal furniture for dentists' surgeries, which occasionally designed its own products, especially lamps. A. Heythum tubular furniture was also produced in his workshop in Vinohrady, Prague.
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Jan Hesoun

He designed tubular furniture for SBS
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Jan Vaněk (1891–1962)

Czech interior designer, architect and publicist. He was the founder of the United UP races in Brno. In 1925 he left and founded his own company SBS (Standard Housing Company). After its demise in 1932, he worked in Prague as a publicist, designer and operated workshops for the p...
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Josef Mara

Josef Mara was a Czech constructor and designer who is considered to be Josef Hůrka's successor at NAPAKO. As head of the development center, he continued the utilitarian design of his predecessor and focused on the use of new light sources in the newly designed table and floor l...
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Karel E. Ort (1881–1936)

He came out of the studio of architect J. Kotěra and graduated from the Schule f. Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg. From 1920 he taught at the weaving school in Dvůr Králové, from where he transferred as a professor to the Arts and Crafts in Brno, where he headed the department of in...
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Karel Stráník (1899–1978)

An architect who worked for the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier in his Paris design office in the 1920s. Stráník was significantly influenced by his work. He designed mostly villas and residential houses. One of the most famous buildings is the villa in Černošice from 1929. A...
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Kurt Frankenschwert

He collaborated with Thonet.
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Paul Hahn

Designer and co-owner of Walter Knoll company. Together with Walter Schneider, he designed a range of "Pro domo" furniture. He left the company in 1935.
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Petr Vichr

He founded a company for metal utensils and a press at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1913 he moved part of the company to Lysá nad Labem. In 1928, he began producing kitchen furniture, especially for small apartments in the spirit of the then views of K. Honzík and other ...
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Richard Osolsobě (1874-1943)

He was a furniture maker and owner of a company for the industrial production of furniture in Rousínov. In 1910, he was the first to introduce electric lighting to a carpentry workshop in Rousínov. In 1948, the factory became part of the United UP plant in Brno. In 1958, the comp...
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