The Stuttgart-based architect, interior designer, graphic artist, author and translator Richard Herre has only recently been rediscovered as an important representative of the New Objectivity of the 1920s and as an influential figure in the Stuttgart Werkbund. In close cooperation with the Herre family and the archives, e15 reissues the STUTTGART chair and the ZET kilim.
Richard Herre is considered one of the initiators of the Stuttgart Weißenhofsiedlung and was responsible for the interior design of Max Taut’s house there. As a graphic designer, he created the famous motif for the Werkbund exhibition “Die Form” in 1924. For interiors, he designed not only furniture and lighting, but also textiles such as curtain fabrics and carpets, creating holistically designed spaces of engaging stringency and surprising colourfulness.
Herre’s designs fit congenially into e15’s versatile collection, which is nevertheless clearly committed to modernist values. With the reedition of the STUTTGART chair and the ZET kilim by Richard Herre, an almost forgotten, multi-layered chapter of modernism can be experienced again.
Max Herre about Richard Herre
The German musician Max Herre is the grandson of Richard Herre. In a conversation with e15 founder Philipp Mainzer, he talks about his grandfather’s work – and personally introduces the two products ZET and STUTTGART.
Designed in 1926, chair STUTTGART illustrates the geometry and rationality inherent in the expressive aesthetic of Richard Herre. Milled from solid wood, the characteristic curved backrest of STUTTGART embodies traditional craftsmanship and timeless elegance. Available in waxed European oak and walnut, the chair is optionally equipped with a removable seat in textile, leather and Vienna weave. As a work of significant modernity and presence, chair STUTTGART can be used as a sophisticated dining, executive or visitor chair.
Kilim ZET is a graphically poignant and chromatically striking design that captures the spirit of 1920s New Objectivity. Richard Herre is considered one of the initiators of the Stuttgart Weissenhof Estate, where he was responsible for the interior architecture of the house designed by Max Taut. Designed in 1926 and specified for the Max Taut Weissenhof house, ZET represents Richard Herre’s exceptional use of colour whilst signifying the imaginative spatial reference of his work. In close collaboration with the Herre family and the archives, e15 re-issues kilim ZET. Available in various colour compositions ZET is made of pure, hand-spun sheep wool combining traditional weaving methods with historic design.
“Richard Herre is undoubtedly one of the representatives of the object style. For him, there is no searching, no problems, no compromises and no other alternative. For him, there is quiete simply no other way to design. Under pinning this, however, is the instinctive certainty that comes to light in the shapes he creates and no less so in his use of colour, which excludes any doubt and falsities in questions of taste. Hence, his furnishing appear thoroughly pure, rogerous and anambiguous something that won’t change even when other fashions have long since taken precedence.”
(Dr. Otto Garthe about Richard Herre)
About Richard Herre
Richard Herre was born in 1885 and studied architecture in Stuttgart and Munich. In particular before World War I, he struck up close friendships with artists in the Hölzel circle and protagonists of Modernism such as Oskar Schlemmer and Willi Baumeister. He was a member of the artists’ association “Üecht”, for whom he acted as press officer. Together with Richard Döcker, Hugo Keuerleber and Gustav Schleicher, he became a champion of New Objectivity.
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