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"Kubus" Stacking Containers

Vereinigte Lausitzer Glaswerke
Wilhelm Wagenfeld (German, Bremen 1900–1990 Stuttgart)
ca. 1938
H. 8-1/2, W. 10-3/4, D. 7-1/4 in. (21.6 x 27.3 x 18.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor, 1986
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Wilhelm Wagenfeld studied metalwork at the Bauhaus between 1923 and 1925, where he designed a table lamp that became one of the school's most popular products. After leaving the Bauhaus, he went on to design a number of popular consumer products, among the most successful of which was Kubus, the modular glass storage containers he created in 1935. Made of heat-resistant industrial glass, Kubus is designed for maximum flexibility of use and ease of storage. Consisting of seven separate, stackable units of variable sizes and interchangeable lids, the Kubus containers were created for use in the refrigerator and pantry, or on the kitchen table. In this modular system, the containers can be used either together as a unit or individually as needed. Wagenfeld's Kubus system, which was mass produced and widely available, exemplifies the Bauhaus commitment to industrial production of well-designed standardized forms at affordable prices.
Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor, New York (until 1986; their gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part ll: 1925-1950," May 9–October 29, 2000, no catalogue.

Hans Fischli, ed. Industrieware von Wilhelm Wagenfeld: Künstlerische Mitarbeit in der Industrie 1930–1960. Exh. cat., Kunsthaus Zürich. Zürich, 1960, ill. p. 14.

Brigitte Klesse. Wilhelm Wagenfeld: 50 Jahre Mitarbeit in Fabriken. Exh. cat., Kunstgewerbemuseum der Stadt Koln. [Cologne], 1973, p. 55, no. 291, ill. (sketch).

Torsten Bröhan, ed. Glas-Kunst der Moderne von Josef Hoffmann bis Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Munich, 1992, pp. 448–49, no. 217, ill. (color) (Bröhan-Museum, Berlin collection).

Beate Manske. "Wilhelm Wagenfelds Rautenglas—Aufbau und Vermarktung des Sortiments." Zeitgemäß und zeitbeständig. 2: Industrieformen von Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Ed. Beate Manske. Bremen, 2012, pp. 168–70, fig. 32 (color, 1940 advertisement).

Beate Manske and Kathrin Hager. "Vereinigte Lausitzer Glaswerke AG/VEB Oberlausitzer Glaswerke, Weißwasser, 1935–1949." Zeitgemäß und zeitbeständig. 2: Industrieformen von Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Ed. Beate Manske. Bremen, 2012, pp. 278–79, no. 291, ill.

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