In collaboration with the Albers Foundation, AMEICO is very pleased to introduce the first known commercial reproduction since the 1920s of Josef Albers's bookshelf, designed when he was still at the Bauhaus for Walter Gropius's architectural practice. The original piece, possibly used as a magazine display is long ago lost. The only specifications on the piece survive in a copy of a 1925 Bauhaus catalog: Albers used a perfect square, shelves exactly one fourth as wide as the total span, and wove dark horizontal wood through light verticals. The proportioning creates equal, but visually interesting sections through utmost simplicity, and the result is tangible perfection.
Josef Albers is known for a small, but significant collection of furniture designed as early as 1922-3, as well as paintings, expressing the Bauhaus ideas and concepts. His wife and colleague, Anni Albers, was a prolific textile designer and print-maker. Both born in Germany, husband and wife emigrated to the US to lecture at Black Mountain College in 1933 at the invitation of Philip Johnson, closing the Bauhaus school in the wake of the Nazi regime. Josef later accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Design at the Yale School of Art and the couple lived artistically rich lives in Connecticut. At Anni’s death in 1994, the Albers Foundation has taken responsibility to maintain the integrity of the body of work the Albers left behind, of which significant pieces are part of the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago and MoMA.
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