About the DesignerMax Bill
Switzerland (1908 - 1994)
Max Bill (22 December 1908 - 9 December 1994). Bill was born in Winterthur. After an apprenticeship as a silversmith during 1924-1927, Bill took up studies at the Bauhaus in Dessau under many teachers including Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Oskar Schlemmer from 1927 to 1929, after which he moved to Zurich. Max Bill designed some very successful clock and watch faces for Junghans, a German timepiece manufacturer in business since 1861.
The design for the Kreuzzargenstuhl (cross-frame chair) dates back to the year 1952. It has been in production ever since from 1999 on as a new edition. The model displays Bill s skills as a product designer and received several awards, including the die gute form award by the Swiss Werkbund in the fifties. The leg structure with its crossed frame connection is Bill s own invention. This supports the seat surface in the middle and gives the chair the greatest possible static stability. From a design point of view, the contrast between the thin seat surface and the strong framework emphasises its technical construction and gives the impression of strength and a tactile feel. And, last but not least, it s extremely comfortable. Read more
- Seat material: Molded plywood natural beech
- Back / legs material: Natural beech