El Lissitzky taught at the Vkhutemas (art and technical design institute) in Moscow and was a co-founder of Constructivism. He associated with De Stijl members, Bauhaus designers and Dada artists and their influence can be seen in his designs.
Admittedly, most of what El Lissitsky created for the young Soviet Union only survives in the form of drawings and montage. Not a single original, structural work of Lissitsky, who studied architecture in Darmstadt (Germany) still exist; it is only possible to make guesses in reconstructions at what this artist, architect, typographer and designer had in mind. A man who was more concerned with the global picture than a quietly introspective right angle, he is now held in high regard by constructivists and deconstructivists alike.
Tecta’s collaboration with Lissitsky’s widow and son goes back to the year 1978, initially involving a folding easy chair, designed originally for the Hygiene Exhibition in Dresden in 1930. But this was just the beginning of a whole series of discoveries.
Investigations led to an armchair designed in 1928, which was intended for the Soviet Pavilion of the "Pressa" Exhibition in Cologne (the international exhibition of the modern press, advertising and publishing) and only drafted after its opening. This comfortable upholstered semi-circular seat was meant to encourage a relaxed, club-style concentration for the viewers for the "Lenin and the Press" part of the exhibition.
El Lissitzky (Eleazar Markovich Lisitskii, 1890) was a Russian born artist, designer, typographer, photographer and architect who designed many exhibitions and propaganda for the Soviet Union in the early 20th century.
From 1909 until 1914 Lissitzky studied architecture in Darmstadt. In 1919, he became a professor at the art school in Vitebsk, where he met Marc Chagall and Kasimir Malevich. He associated with De Stijl members, Bauhaus designers and Dada artists and their influence can be seen in his designs. El Lissitzky’s development of the ideas behind the Suprematist art movement was very influential in the development of the Bauhaus and the Constructivist art movement of which he was co-founder. His stylistic characteristics and experimentation with production techniques developed in the 1920s and 30s have been an influence on modern graphic designers since then. In his early years he developed a style of painting in which he used abstract geometric shapes, which he referred to as "prouns", to define the spatial relationships of his compositions. The shapes were developed in a 3-dimensional space that often contained varying perspectives, which was a direct contrast to the ideas of suprematist theories which stressed the simplification of shapes and the use of 2D space only. He moved around in the 1920s and spent time in both Germany as a cultural representative of Russia and Switzerland, in a sanatorium after he was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis. But this never stopped him from working as he continued to produce propaganda posters, books, buildings and exhibitions for the Soviet Union. In 1932 Stalin demanded that artists conform to much stricter guidelines or be blacklisted, but Lissitzky managed to retain his position as head of exhibitions. In 1941 his tuberculosis overcame him and caused his death. Admittedly, most of what El Lissitsky created for the young Soviet Union only survives in the form of drawings and montage. Not a single original, structural work of Lissitsky still exist; it is only possible to make guesses in reconstructions at what this artist, architect, typographer and designer had in mind. A man who was more concerned with the global picture than a quietly introspective right angle, he is now held in high regard by constructivists and deconstructivists alike.
TECTA is a furniture manufacturing company based in Lauenförde, Germany. It was founded in 1956 by the architect Hans Könecke. The company name comes from Latin, and means "to design" or "to execute". In 1972 Werner and Axel Bruchhäuser took over the company, and Bruchhäuser remains in charge to this day, jointly since 2001 with his nephew Christian Drescher.
The product line of Tecta consists of Bauhaus re-editions, such as the iconic cantilever chair, and derivative designs. Numerous items of furniture created by avant-garde designers of the 1920s have been mass-produced for the first time by Tecta. Tecta’s faithful and licensed re-editions of Bauhaus models are approved by the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin and bear as an imprint the Bauhaus symbol designed by Oskar Schlemmer in 1922 at the original Bauhaus school in Weimar.
Tecta also works with a variety of contemporary architects and artists to create modern furniture based on Bauhaus principles.
Tecta continues to work in the commitment to the Modern Movement - a movement which, as architect Peter Smithson put it, "…is not legacy in the sense of a sum of money to be spent or speculated with…it is a genetic stance, a responsibility…something to live up to."
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