Willy Guhl (1915 - 2004) & Rudolf Bircher ( 1911-2009)
Unique piece realised by the Zurich School of Applied Arts where Willy Guhl was headmaster in 1950/55
Plywood, mirror, aluminium and steel pillars
Two bodies of different depths, four sliding doors open on shelving, separated by a blue panel and a side mirror.
All comes fixed on two steel bars
The ingenuity of this system resides in the fact that the structure is self-supporting once positioned against any type of wall through six adjustable little round discs.
It does not need fixing of any kind (wall, floor, ceiling), the more weight, the more stablility.
Note of practical side: this piece is fully demountable.
Remarkable example of a collaboration between a designer who became a professor and his students, among whose the future prolific leaders of the Swiss esthetic identity, such as Robert Haussman, Anton Bee, Bruno Rey, Karl Schneider, Stefan Zwicky, Ubald Klug, Kurt Thut or Alfred Hablützel.
Ten known different pieces of furniture and lighting were made as study prototypes by the ZSAA. I had the luck to acquire three of them over the past ten years.
Among them, the spectacular bookcase displayed on the two last photos (8 and 9).
The item proposed here is probably the only one of this experimental furniture project available on the market nowadays.
This cabinet comes from Rudolf Bircher's desk, then director of the Zurich School of Applied Arts and referenced Swiss graphic artist.
Manufacturer: Willi Guhl / Rudolf Bircher /AWESO
- Rudolf Bircher heir (daughter)
- Koller Auctions
- Swiss private collection