Zu Offen. Türen und Fenster – Rasch, Heinz; Bodo


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A monograph from the architect brothers on doors and windows. Numerous black & white photographs and technical information. Brothers Heinz (1902-1996) and Bodo (1903-1995) Rasch only worked together for a short period of around four years. Elder brother Heinz, having set up his office while still studying at Stuttgart’s Technical University, was joined by Bodo in 1926, and until 1930 they would share a joint apartment and studio together, living and working almost in each others’ pockets. It was a remarkably productive period, and being excited about the radical new currents in art and architecture around them, the Rasch brothers enthusiastically picked up on the idea that all areas of design are interrelated: from architecture, urban planning and product design, to graphics, fashion, furniture and advertising.While they were kept busy in their office mostly designing fair stands, exhibitions and shop displays, the Raschs also published five books on fundamental questions of design. The exhibition title refers to their 1930 publication Der gefesselte Blick (“The Fettered Gaze”) focused on the “new advertisement art”, but previous books had included Wie Bauen? (“How to Build?”, 1928), Der Stuhl (“The Chair”, 1928) and Zu-Offen (“Closed/Open”, 1930), with each a mixture of manifesto and analysis, typical of their time, seemingly inspired both by Le Corbusier’s publishing strategy and the contemporary revolutionary manifestos of the Bauhaus. (uncube magazine). An excellent copy with some foxing to prelims and cockling to text block. In the scarce dust jacket with slight edge wear and two chips to the top edge of the back panel.

Publisher: Dr. Fritz Wedekind & Co.
Date Published: 1931
Publication Place: Stuttgart
First Edition: Yes

Condition: Very Good
Binding: Black cloth boards

Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Weight 800 g