Wilhelm Kienzle in 1951
Wilhelm Kienzle in 1951
Cactus watering cans for Mewa, 1935
Cactus watering cans for Mewa, 1935
Telephone table, 1950
Telephone table, 1950
Toolbox for Mewa, 1935
Toolbox for Mewa, 1935
Service table for Mewa, 1950s
Service table for Mewa, 1950s

Swiss modernist design is not so famous like American, French or German. But it was Max Bill from Switzerland among others who formulated primary principles of modernist postwar painting, sculpture, graphic design as well as architecture and product design. Swiss authors were strongly influenced by this canon and create together compact design style, which can be considered as a parallel to the famous swiss Art concrete movement in fine art.

The similar creative attitude as Max Bill proclaimed on the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, served designer Wilhelm Kienzle (1886-1958), too. Kienzle is one of the most prolific modernist designers in The Switzerland. His work we saw for the first time on the exhibition Make-Up at Museum of Design in Zürich. The show, which was interested in surfaces of things, presented one of Kienzle`s metal designs. His Cactus watering can, which he designed for Mewa company in 1935, illustrates his significant Bauhaus inspired approach. On the other side, the can is very elegant and almost decorative. The similar characteristics we can find in the another works by Kienzle. We selected for this article his metal work, especially for company Mewa, only. Toolbox or Telephone table represent a quite uncommon objects, which Kienzle designed by cutting and bending the metal. This material lets Kienzle to create very functional pieces, but with very elegant forms and details.