Kids chair Heidi

Thing of the Month February 2022
Kids chair Heidi

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Kids chair "Heidi", design: Hans Brockhage, VEB Klappmöbel, Bad Suderode, collection Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, photo: Armin Herrmann.

Hello, my name is Heidi. Heidi from the Erzgebirge. I am a children's chair only 56.5 cm tall. I have a sister named Moni, who is also a children's chair, and a brother named Peter, who is a children's table. We were born around 1960 in Bad Suderode at the VEB Klappmöbel. I am mainly made of beech wood. What is special about me is that my seat is connected to the backrest by a piece of leather. Since the backrest has a rotating bar, I am movable and comfortable. Hans Brockhage thought this up. He first did an apprenticeship as a wood sculptor and wood turner, then studied under Mart Stam at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden and later worked as a form designer at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle – many simply say "die Burg" ("the castle"). In 1970, he was appointed to the Fachhochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Schneeberg. Far better known than I am, is the Schaukelwagen, designed by Hans Brockhage in the early 1950s. But I am not jealous. Hans once said the beautiful sentence: Wood, that is above all an idea.

The Schaukelwagen is on display until March 14 in the special exhibition "Shaping Everyday Life! Bauhaus Modernism in the GDR", I'm always in the permanent exhibition at the Museum der Dinge. Come by and take a look!