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Eye On Design: Hermann Finsterlin, Study for a House of Sociability

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Hermann Finsterlin (German, 18871973) a painter, toy designer and architectural theorist, is associated with German Expressionist architecture of the 1920s. Molded or cast models such as Study For a House of Sociability (c. 1920) played an important part in Finsterlin’s design process.

study for a house of sociability photo by gail worley

When this exhuberantly colorful model was acquired in 1968,  MoMA curator Arthur Drexler observed that Finsterlin proposed an architecture that would essentially be hollow sculpture, free of functional considerations.

study for a house of sociability photo by gail worley

Finsterlin had a habit of retroactively dating his postwar pieces to the 1920s; the indefinite completion date here reflect this ambiguity.

Photographed ni the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

study for a house of sociability photo by gail worley