Ernest H. Igl for Wilhelm Werndl Cabinet in White Fiberglass
Ernest Igl for Wilhelm Werndl, cabinet, fiberglass, Germany, designed in 1970
A bright and modern cabinet designed by Ernest Igl for Wilhelm Werndl in the 1970s. This design truly resembles the ethos of the seventies – a bright and bold era – featuring the commonly used material of that time named fiberglass. Ernest Igl strived for the creation of a cabinet that focused on functionality combined with an aesthetically pleasing design for daily use. This is discernible in the playful composition of sturdy lines and round corners executed in the whole construction. For this outspoken layout the designer used a pure white color. The lockable, sliding doors can be opened revealing a large storage compartment accompanied with a shelf. Taking every stylistic realization into account, this cabinet retro, without clashing with contemporary interiors.
Ernest Hofmann (1920-2001) – in 1954, he gave himself the artist name ‘Igl’ – was as a multi talent. He, a designer, sculptor, illustrator, and inventor, designed everything from a harvester machine to office appliances, a microscope, and rubber boots. His oeuvre includes an impressive number of products used for all kinds of situations in life. Hofmann, born in Prague in 1920, studied graphic arts in his hometown, in Karlsbad and in Munich, where he and his wife settled. Hofmann firstly worked as an illustrator, graphic artist, and cartoonist for well-known schoolbook publishers. In 1962, they moved to Rosenheim, which marked the beginning of Hofmann’s more design orientated career.
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