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Bauhaus Nesting Tables
Josef Albers & Vitra
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The best design is timeless, and the work of Josef Albers is proof. In the years after the professor was promoted to helm the department of design at Bauhaus in 1925, Mr. Albers began experimenting, applying his theory and eye for the geometric and abstract from his paintings to furniture design, testing his affinity for color and working with glass and other materials. He created several pieces for the Berlin apartment of friends, the psychoanalysts Fritz and Anna Moellenhoff, including this set of four solid oak tables. The glossy colored tops—acrylic top lacquered in pale green, orange, yellow and powder blue—reflect Albers' eye as an artist. Nearly a century later, they can hardly be called antiques. The Vitra Design Museum agreed, and brought back the future with this beautifully crafted incarnation. The iconic set is now produced Now produced in Germany by IC Design AG under license with the Albers Foundation.

  • * Pale green table: 23.75"w x 15.75"d x 24.75"h
  • * Yellow table: 21.25"w x 15.75"d x 21.75" h
  • * Orange table: 18.9" w x 15.75"d x 18.75" h
  • * Blue table: 16.5" w x 15.75"d x 15.75"h
  • Solid white oak, laminate, lacquered glass
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Born in 1888, Joseph Albers was a towering figure of the 20th Century, a German-born American artist and educator of lasting influence. From his early days as a schoolteacher, he went on to study painting at the Bauhaus and was invited to join the faculty and teach principles of design. In 1925 the Bauhaus moved to Dessau, where he married Anni Albers (a noted textile artist in her own right.)


Emigrating to the U.S. in 1933, he jointed a new art school, Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where his students included Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly. In 1950, Albers left Black Mountain to head Yale’s design department. His Interaction of Color in 1963 theorized that colors were governed by an internal and deceptive logic. This designer, photographer, typographer and printmaker is best remembered for his lifelong work as an artist, remaining in New Haven with Anni until his death in 1976. As he put it, “stay a student and you don’t get old.”