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Willy Guhl, Pair of planters in fiber cement

Width: 33'' ½  85cm
Height: 13'' ¾  35cm
Depth: 33'' ½  85cm

20th century.

Good condition.

This pair of planters, model "oreille d'éléphant" , was made of fiber cement by aWilly Guhl (1915-2004) in the 1950's. « Willy Guhl was an inventor, an experimenter, a researcher and a visionary. Despite that, he did not get lost in utopia. He reveals himself to be pragmatic almost a genius. » Robert Haussman .Willy Guhl was part of these historical designers who have contributed to the international reputation of Swiss design. He was one of the big representatives of Neo-Functionalism. From a carpenter father, he followed a furniture maker formation in the Kunstgewerbeschule of Zurich – School of applied arts of Zurich here he taught from 1941 -, and became the director of the interior architecture department 10 years after. He leads in the late 1940's pioneer researches in the plastic furniture field. He develops then a knowledge about moulding techniques that allowhim to reveal himself by transposing them on a new material : the Eternit, also called fiber cement, which he is one of the first to use in Europe. The Eternit is a kind of cement reinforced by asbestos and with a fiber texture which allows to create audacious pieces with new shapes. It takes the aspect of large slabs to which it is possible to give a shape as long as they are not dried. Produced in the origin for the industry, it's a cheap material with an important resistance, so perfectly adapted for the fabrication of external furniture.

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