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Alfred Altherr junior
Protagonist der Schweizer Wohnkultur
Alfred Altherr junior made his mark in the area of modern Swiss architecture as designer, architect, museum director, lecturer and exhibition designer. Joan Billing and Samuel Eberli from Design+Design reviewed and researched the comprehensive estate of this protagonist of Modernism. They paved the way for a striking publication that puts Altherr and his work back into the spotlight.
Already in his early years, Altherr was able to realize his first design for a steel tube lounger at the company Embru in Rüti. He gained relevant experience during his internship with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in Paris. Altherr played an important part as an advocate of Swiss living culture He was a co-founder of the award “Die gute Form” and founder of the first “objective furnishing design advice center” in Winterthur. His aim was to promote the new lifestyle not only to the young Swiss but also to the older generation.
This publication shows that design culture is able to consolidate past and present. With texts by Alfred Altherr, Arthur Rüegg, Michael Hanak, Susanna Koeberle, Peter Lepel, Claude Lichtenstein and Juho Nyberg.