Erich Dieckmann

Berlin-born designer Erich Dieckmann (1896-1944) is one of the most important furniture designers of the Bauhaus. Much like Marcel Breuer, Dieckmann experimented with steel tubing and its application in the design of furniture – however, he is primarily known for his pieces in wood.

In 1921, he enrolled at the Bauhaus in Weimar and between 1921-1925, he served an apprenticeship there as a carpenter. Erich Dieckmann’s designs for seating pieces are strictly geometric, consisting of frames based on right angles and curves which were virtually square or circular in cross-section. Another typical feature of his work is linking armrests and chair legs in a runner construction.

Dieckmann used quality hardwoods, beech, cherry, oak and ash as well as rattan and cane matting which moderated the austere geometry of the pieces. Standardization of construction was emphasized to keep the prices of these mass-produced pieces as low as possible.

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