Marianne Brandt 1930 Clock
Long before the Second World War, and decades before German industrial design talents devised soft-lined, clear-cut design icons, this exceptionally talented former Bauhaus student and leading staff member created this beautifully simple table clock for the company she headed. Among a series of items for the household, comprising bookends, napkin holders and ashtrays, she showed her genius with a no-nonsense approach and that, in a world dominated by males. Her legacy was founded with her exceptional metal work as a student, but she continued to deliver beautiful objects, until the war, and later the socialist economy of Eastern Germany put an unfortunate end to her design career. She continued to work as an artist, but it is regrettable that her expertise could not be expressed in more design objects.