In Memoriam: Willy Guhl
He belonged to the Neo-functionalist school, which advocated, in his words “achieving the most with the minimum of effort”. He was an early proponent of flat-pack furniture, like his "Guhl Chair", which influenced later Swedish designers, which eventually lead to Ikea.
One of his most famous designs is for a groundbreaking rocker made of fiber-reinforced concrete. The design was originally made as an alternative product for the Eternit Building Materials Company, a manufacturer of synthetic roofing tiles. This unconventional design partnership was a standard mode of operation for Guhl, who worked the later part of his life as a design instructor at the Zurich School of Applied Arts.
His enthusiasm for simplicity and usefulness, as well as his continued interest in learning are things we can all aspire to.
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