Basel, Boston, Berlin: Birkhauser Verlag, 1992. First Edition. Oblong 8vo. 179 pp. concept by Arthur Ruegg; Introduction and Editing by Charles von Burne; Essays by Wolfgang Bessenich and Lucius Burckhardt. Text in English and German. Line drawings and photo-reproductions. Illustratred paper covered boards. Small chip to upper front joint else a fine copy of an uncommon Baler work. Item #21268
Five reference points divide this book into five main sections showing how Werner Blaser's thought and work as a designer stand in relation to his professional biography. These reference points are denoted by the key names Mies van der Rohe, Japan, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Ulm and alvar Aalto. Werner Blaser was a student of Alvar Aalto and studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and in Japan. He opened his own studio in Basle in 1959 and for a long time worked with Mies van der Rohe, publishing various books about the latter’s architecture. His chest of drawer won the Cantù "Prima mostra selettiva - Concorso internazionale del mobile", a competion designed to re-qualify the image of Italian furniture making. The jury included Gio Ponti, Alvar Aalto, Romano Barocchi, Carlo De Carli and Finn Juhl.