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Hans Eichenberger

Hans Eichenberger (1926 in Grosshöchstetten , Canton of Bern ) is a Swiss interior architect and designer. Since the 1950s, furnishings and furniture in a straight, modern style have been created based on his designs. His work is exhibited in well-known museums.

After an apprenticeship as a carpenter and several traineeships as a draftsman, he worked for the Architecte d'Interieur Marcel Gascoin in Paris in 1950/51 , where he received the decisive impetus for sustainable design as well as an insight into the scene around Le Corbusier . Back in Bern, he ran his own shop "form" on Gerechtigkeitsgasse in the neighborhood of his competitor and later friend Teo Jakob until 1953 . With Robert and Trix Haussmann , Kurt Thut , Teo Jakob and the graphic artist and photographer Alfred Hablützel they founded "Swiss Design". In the 1950s, he began working with the architecture firm Atelier 5, which was founded in 1956 . He planned the bistro and shop for their settlement in Halen near Bern, which is currently under construction . His studio has been based in the Halensiedlung since 1960.

Eichenberger realized various meeting rooms and offices in cooperation with Atelier 5 for the management of the Swiss National Bank from 1976–81, and from 1979–81 the counter hall and furnishings for commercial buildings and restaurants for the savings and loan koffes. 1982–83 the cafeteria was built as an extension to the Kunstmuseum Bern . His SBB wagons with their seats covered in blue and red fabric became known throughout Switzerland . Together with Gertsch and Head , ski safety bindings were developed in 1966-80. Hans Eichenberger has over 50 seating furniture, chests of drawers (Swiss drawer units), Designed tables and other furnishings - for example the “Saffa chair” in 1955 for Dietiker, the “EXPO armchair” in 1964 and the “HE series” in 1978. His customers included Röthlisberger , Strässle , Wogg , De Sede and Dietiker . Contrary to his origins in the carpentry trade, his creations consist mainly of metal, leather and plastics - including one of his classics, the «Litfass column» for Wogg.

Eichenberger's designs are represented in various collections, including the MoMA New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and the Museum of Design in Zurich .

Eichenberger is a member of the Swiss Werkbund.

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