Peter Behrens, ‘AEG Electric Kettle’, 1908, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)

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"Design Society"

Venue: Shenzhen Sea World Cultural Arts Center, Shenzhen (2016)

About Peter Behrens

German designer and architect Peter Behrens shifted the discourse on industrial manufacturing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, incorporating a sharp sense of aesthetics into his graphic and industrial designs and architecture. “Design is not about decorating functional forms—it is about creating forms that accord with the character of the object and that show new technologies to advantage,” Behrens once said. This approach is evinced in Behrens’s work for German manufacturer AEG, for whom he designed a logo, products, and the AEG Turbine Factory in Berlin, one of his most revered designs. Behrens’ impact on architecture and design reached beyond his life, through his mentorship of Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier.

German, 1868-1940