Willy Guhl is a pioneer of the Swiss industrial design. He is one of the great representatives of the neo-functionalism movement.
The creations of Willy Guhl are easily recognizable because there are made of asbestos cement. The Eternit seat (1954) and the Boule seat (circa 1960) are famous! Biography Willy Guhl was born in 1915 in Switzerland. He has been duly influenced by his father who was a carpenter so he trained him as a cabinetmaker. Then he studied at the School of Applied Arts in Zurich and founded his own workshop in 1939. In 1941, Willy Guhl taught at this school and became the director in 1951. During this period, he worked with Eternit AG and created several pieces of furniture. He also worked for many companies and designed several furniture lines for public procurement. Willy Guhl supported the housing assistance for the reconstruction of Europe by creating many pieces of furniture.
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