Designer Hans Przyrembel German

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This teapot, designed during Hans Przyrembel’s time at the Bauhaus (1924–28), is an excellent example of the inventive juxtapositions of primary-form geometry taught by the well-known theoretician and teacher, Johannes Itten(1888–1967). Przyrembel’s teapot is a modernist geometric exploration of circular and triangular forms. Its geometry lends itself to a clever optical illusion—its side view does not reveal its true circular shape. In 1929, Przyrembel began to work independently in Leipzig, soon gaining a reputation as one of the most well-known silversmiths in Germany. He made coffee pots, candlesticks, jewelry, lamps, and other utensils. In 1942, Przyrembel’s thriving career came to a sudden end when he was conscripted into the army. He died in 1945 as a Russian prisoner of war.

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