Hellerau architects and designers

1902/03 Albinmüller
1903—1914 Baillie Scott, Mackay Hugh (1865—1945)
1902 onward Beckerath, Willy von (1868—1938)
1903 onward Behrens, Peter (1868—1940)
1912 onward Bernhard, Lucian (1883—1972)
1907 onward Bertsch, Karl (1873—1933)
1911—1915 Bestelmeyer, German (1874—1942)
Around 1908 Bonatz, Paul (1876—1951)
  The early 1930s Breuhaus de Groot, Fritz August (1883—1960)
1898—1908 Cissarz, Johann Vincenz (1873—1942)
1946 onward Ehrlich, Franz (1907-1984)
1899 onward Endell, August (1871—1925)
1908 onward Fischer, Theodor (1862—1938)
1933—1950 Hartl, Hans (1899—1980)
1922 onward Hillerbrand, Josef (1892—1981)
1908—1914, 1935—1945 Hoffmann, Josef (1870—1956)
1912 onward Högg, Emil (1867—1954)
1967 onward Horn, Rudolf (geb. 1929)
1927 onward Jahn, Ernst Max (1889—)
1901—1920 Junge, Margarethe (1874—1966)
ca. 1899—1914 Kleinhempel, Gertrud (1875—1948)
1899—1914 Kreis, Wilhelm (1873—1955)
1900—1910 Mackintosh, Charles Rennie (1868—1928)
1904 onward Moser, Koloman (1868—1918)
1903 onward Muthesius, Hermann (1861—1927)
1907 onward Niemeyer, Adelbert (1867—1932)
1903—1908 Olbrich, Joseph Maria (1867—1908)
1909 onward Paul, Bruno (1874—1968)
1922 onward Poelzig, Hans (1869—1936)
1902 onward Riemerschmid, Richard (1868—1957)
1911—1921 Salzmann, Alexander von (1870—1935)
1934 onward Satink, Georg (1902—?)
1901—1902 Schaudt, Johann Emil (1871—1957)
The 1930s Schmitthenner, Paul (1884—1972)
1925 onward Schneck, Adolf G. (1883—1971)
1906 onward Schumacher, Fritz (1869—1947)
1945 onward Selmanagic, Selman (1905—1986)
1948 onward Stam, Mart (1899—1986)
1909 onward Tessenow, Heinrich (1876—1950)
1934 onward Wersin, Wolfgang von (1882—1976)

Example: Karl SchmidtBorn 1 February 1873 in Zschopau, Germany
Died 6 November 1948 in Hellerau

Dresden produced quite a few key figures in German economic history. Carl Camillo Schmidt, later known as Karl Schmidt, was unquestionably one of the most celebrated. He was charismatic, idealistic yet steeped in reality, down-to-earth in the best sense as well as worldly. As his contemporaries related, he confronted life with immense formative energy and an unshakeable faith in his own ideas. A vast, dazzling array epitomises the fruitfulness of his life: after his carpentry apprenticeship, the “Journeyman's years” through Scandinavia and England, and short layovers at small and mid-sized wood companies, he founded his own company in 1898. He conceived groundbreaking technical developments and advanced the marriage of art and handicraft as well as art and industry. Moreover, he was a founding member of the German Work Federation. Schmidt was open to any type of reform in work and life. So he initiated the Hellerau Garden City. Schmidt’s philosophy of quality, handicraft, education, honesty and tradition still guides the company to this very day.

Example: Richard RiemerschmidBorn 20 June 1868 in Munich
Died 13 April 1957 in Munich

Karl Schmidt to Richard Riemerschmid in a letter dated 24 February 1910: “In addition, I find that you can earn more with furniture than with architecture... No architect, no artist in Germany sells furniture like you do for a million Deutschmarks. That sum could easily be doubled, no other German furniture is found in so many houses...”
Such words give us a glimpse of the truly unusual creative strength of the recipient, also of his significance to Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau. From 1902 to 1914, he reigned as the company’s most prolific designer. In close cooperation with Schmidt he created, among many others, the overall concept for the Hellerau Garden City and the plans for the new factory building. Beginning in 1939, he oversaw the factory expansion and the interior modernisation of the administrative building.
Apart from furniture and interiors, he also designed materials, wallpapers, tin articles, lamps, small appliances and wood buildings (as of 1920) for Hellerau.

Example: Mackay Hughes Baillie Scott and Charles Rennie MackintoshBaillie Scott: Born 1865 on the Isle of Man
Died 10 February 1945 in London
Mackintosh: Born 7 January 1868 in Glasgow
Died 10 December 1928 in London

Deutsche Werkstätten made the acquaintance of both these British-born designers early on. While Mackintosh was an employee at least until 1910, the partnership with Baillie Scott lasted considerably longer. Both were involved in the 1903/04 workshop exhibition in Dresden, Baillie Scott even designed a small wood building for the Hellerau settlement in 1910.
Both artists demonstrated exceptional achievements in Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau production, all classified into the first “Art Nouveau period”. They thereby moved in the same artistic circles as Josef Hoffmann and Joseph Maria Olbrich, also their co-workers at Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau.

Example: Bruno PaulBorn 19 January 1874 in Seifhennersdorf/Germany
Died 17 August 1968 in Berlin

Bruno Paul first came onto the scene in 1898 when he co-founded the “United Workshops for Art in Handwork” in Munich, which merged in 1907 with the “Dresdner Werkstätten für Handwerkskunst Karl Schmidt”. 1909 saw the start of a decades-long fruitful fellowship with Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau. Apart from Karl Bertsch, Bruno Paul garnered the most exposure of all the company’s designers through the 1920s, both qualitatively as well as quantitatively.
The span of Bruno Paul’s work included the development of the highly successful serial furniture “Die wachsende Wohnung” (“The Growing Home”), exclusive room furnishings, ship interiors and lighting fixtures. He designed a prefabricated wooden-slab house for Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, unveiled for the first time in 1925. His “Growing Home” furniture archetype was so successful that it continued to be produced in the former East Germany until 1956.

Example: Present-dayFor Deutsche Werkstätten, the present is an infinite arena of seeing, appreciating, learning and mastering. Good partners are particularly important. They are imperative to successfully forging new paths. We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to work alongside architects and inmterior designers who have made their mark in Germany and Europe.