In October 1907, twelve artists and architects, including Peter Behrens, Josef Hoffmannn and Richard Riemerschmid, along with twelve Munich firms, joined to form the Deutscher Werkbund. The founder members defined the purpose of the Werkbund as “refining craft work in the interaction of art, industry and craft, by education, by propaganda and by adopting a unified approach to all relevant questions”.
Some of the 20th century’s most famous artists and architects were members of the Deutscher Werkbund, and Werkbund exhibitions such as “Die Form” (1924), “Film und Foto” (1929) or the Werkbund housing estates were milestones in the development of new forms for a world transformed by industry and technology.
In the 1920s the Werkbund played a leading part in major design experiments for the new world characterized by technology, international quality and mobility.
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