Fagus

Industriekultur zwischen Werkbund und Bauhaus

Annemarie Jaeggi

Hardcover
22 x 28 cm
152 pages, num. ill.
German
ISBN 978-3-931321-83-3
1998 / 04.2021
38.00

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Fagus is the story of a Gesamtkunstwerk and an early example of corporate identity: the Fagus factory in Alfeld an der Leine, built by Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer from 1911, is regarded as the founding structure of modernism. The architects succeeded in giving a medium-sized company a completely unusual face that was anything but traditional. This was possible because the client and architect formed an extraordinarily favorable constellation. The factory owner combined an affinity toward the life reform movement with American corporate philosophy. With its representative objectivity and extensive use of glass, the factory is also an expression of a new entrepreneurial self-confidence and a modern advertising strategy. The avant-garde further influenced the design of the company’s machines and its printed matter. The list of collaborators reads like a Who’s Who of international modernism: some of Fagus’s advertising, for instance, was designed by Johannes Molzahn, Theo von Doesburg, and Herbert Bayer. And with his series of photographs from 1928, the photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch created what can today be called a classic image of the Fagus factory and its products.

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