As a pioneer of modern design, Willy Guhl created world-famous furniture such as the Eternit garden chair or Europe’s first plastic shell chair. In the tradition of modernism and against the traditional “Heimatstil”, he developed a holistic design approach oriented to human beings and their needs. Functionality and reduction to the essential characterize his everyday objects. For companies such as Dietiker, Eternit and Aebi, Willy Guhl designed seating furniture, planters and mowing machines.
Willy Guhl’s designs, his teaching methods and his image archive bear witness to the innovations of the booming design industry of the post-war period and the changing professional image of the industrial designer. As a teacher and later head of the class for interior and product design at the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts, Willy Guhl influenced generations of Swiss designers. This first comprehensive monograph illuminates Willy Guhl’s legacy in the context of this design and teaching practice as well as current theories of the design discipline. As a thematically structured catalog of works, it offers a complete index of all design projects.
Available from December 2022
Edited by Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Renate Menzi
With contributions by Ann-Kathrin Hörrlein, Catherine Ince, Renate Menzi, Dieter Mersch, Jasper Morrison, Arthur Rüegg, Katrin Stowasser
Design: Teo Schifferli