"Thonet Stahlrohr-Mobel/ Tubular Steel Furniture Card Catalogue" 1989 VON VEGESACK, Alexander


Vitra Design Museum


6.25" x 8.25"

Complete with looseleaf 12 page introduction in English and 12 page translation in German. 70 full page, looseleaf illustrations in black and white, presented in blue, yellow and black lithographed card covers. With very mild shelf wear and minimal signs of handling. From the archive of Alexander von Vegesack. The catalogue comes from the Anton Lorenz archival estate, which was acquired by the Vitra Design Museum back in 1989 thanks to the efforts of Alexander von Vegesack, the founding director of the museum (from 1988 to 2011). As von Vegesack recalls, During the research for my first publication in Europe and America Deutsche Stahlrohr Möbel (München, 1986) I learnt that Anton Lorenz had left Germany in the 1930s and that he had taken all his documents to America. There he worked with the architect Peter Fletcher, who later on cared for the archive of the Anton Lorenz Foundation in the USA. I found Fletcher in the early nineties and achieved to persuade him to sell the documents to the Vitra Design Museum. It took quite a while to convince him as he had been asked already several times by the MoMA, but finally, I succeeded. The archive was in bad condition and not really complete any more but contained most of the essential patents, drawings, letters and documents.

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