Designer Portfolio: Peter Behrens

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German architect Peter Behrens (1868 – 1940) was one of the first of his kind. A member of the Deutsche Werkbund in, he worked to improve the "taste" and design of everyday objects in his home country. He put these ideas to work on a large scale when he was hired (one of the first of this kind) as a consulting architect for AEG Electric to design buildings, products, and graphics for the corporation:

FIRST ROW:
1 lamp from 1912
2 an industrial clock designed by Behrens for AEG
3 AEG Turbine Building
4 hammered silver tea kettle by Behrens at the Treadway Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, Illinois
5 Behrens' own home built in a small-residence colony in Mathildenhöhe (he sold it before he ever lived in it)

SECOND ROW:
6 a beautiful brass and cast iron fan designed for AEG in 1908, part of the MoMA collection
7 the predecessor to the spork? Oyster forks by Behrens in 1903
8 We love this elegant Art Nouveau design by Behrens from 1903. This and previous are from Dénes Szy Art Trade
9 AEG graphic by Behrens
10 The Kiss woodcut by Behrens in 1898

(Images: via designwissen.net, Christos Vittoratos licensed for use under Creative Commons, Flickr member rucativava, licensed for use under Creative Commons, Störfix, licensed for use under Creative Commons, MoMA, Spaightwood Galleries)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.