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Max Bill Furniture

Swiss, 1908-1994

Max Bill was born in Winterthur, Switzerland. After an apprenticeship as a silversmith during 1924–27, he took up studies at the Bauhaus in Dessau under many teachers including Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Oskar Schlemmer from 1927 to 1929, after which he moved to Zurich.

After working on graphic designs for the few modern buildings being constructed, Bill built his first work, his own house and studio (1932–3) in Zurich-Höngg. From 1937 onward he was a prime mover behind the Allianz group of Swiss artists.

Bill is widely considered the single most decisive influence on Swiss graphic design beginning in the 1950s with his theoretical writing and progressive work. His connection to the days of modernism gave him special authority. As an industrial designer, his work is characterized by a clarity of design and precise proportions. Examples are the elegant clocks and watches designed for Junghans, a long-term client. Among Bill's most notable product designs is the Ulmer Hocker of 1954, a stool that can also be used as a shelf element, a speaker's desk, a tablet or a side table. Although the stool was a creation of both Bill's and Ulm School designer Hans Gugelot's, it is often called "Bill Hocker" because the first sketch of it on a cocktail napkin was Bill's work.

As a designer and artist, Bill sought to create forms which visually represent the New Physics of the early 20th century. He sought to create objects so that the new science of form could be understood by the senses: that is as a concrete art. Thus Bill is not a rationalist – as is typically thought – but rather a phenomenologist. He made spare geometric paintings, prints and spherical sculptures, some based on the Möbius strip, in stone, wood, metal and plaster. His architectural work included an office building in Germany, a radio studio in Zurich, and a bridge in eastern Switzerland.

Bill continued to produce architectural designs, such as those for a museum of contemporary art (1981) in Florence and for the Bauhaus Archive (1987) in Berlin. In 1982 he also entered a competition for an addition to the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, built to a design by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Pavillon-Skulptur, a large granite sculpture, was installed adjacent to the Bahnhofstrasse, Zürich in 1983. As is often the case with modern art in public places, the installation generated some controversy. Endlose Treppe, a sculpture made of North American granite, was designed for the philosopher Ernst Bloch.

In 1982 he was awarded the Sir Misha Black award and was added to the College of Medallists.

Bill executed many public sculptures in Europe and exhibited extensively in galleries and museums, including a retrospective at the Kunsthaus Zürich in 1968–69. He was the subject of retrospectives at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1974, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City in 1988.

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Creator: Max Bill
Red and White Midcentury Space Age Wall Lamp by Max Bill for Temde, 1960s
By Max Bill, Temde Leuchten
Located in Hagenbach, DE
A midcentury wall lamp by Temde designed by Max Bill in the 1960s. It is fascinating with its Space Age design and white opaque ball. The red body of the light is made of full metal....
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Metal

Mid Century Style ULMER HOCKER Stool by Max Bill Stained in different Color
By Max Bill
Located in Ulm, DE
The Ulm Stool (German: Ulmer Hocker), a timeless masterpiece of Mid-Century Modern design, was created in 1954 by Max Bill, the first rector of the renown...
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2010s German Mid-Century Modern Max Bill Furniture

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Beech, Birch

Mid Century Style ULMER HOCKER Stool by Max Bill in Notwood and Lacquer Finish
By Max Bill
Located in Ulm, DE
The Ulm Stool (German: Ulmer Hocker), a timeless masterpiece of Mid-Century Modern design, was created in 1954 by Max Bill, the first rector of the renown...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Max Bill Furniture

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Nutwood

Mid Century Style ULMER HOCKER Stool with Drawer by Max Bill designed in 1962
By Max Bill
Located in Ulm, DE
The Ulm Stool (German: Ulmer Hocker), a timeless masterpiece of Mid-Century Modern design, was created in 1954 by Max Bill, the first rector of the renown...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Max Bill Furniture

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Beech, Spruce

Mid Century Style ULMER HOCKER Stool by Max Bill in Black Stained Spruce
By Max Bill
Located in Ulm, DE
The Ulm Stool (German: Ulmer Hocker), a timeless masterpiece of Mid-Century Modern design, was created in 1954 by Max Bill, the first rector of the renown...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Max Bill Furniture

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Beech, Birch

Mid Century Style ULMER HOCKER Stool by Max Bill designed in 1954 at the HfG Ulm
By Max Bill
Located in Ulm, DE
The Ulm Stool (German: Ulmer Hocker), a timeless masterpiece of Mid-Century Modern design, was created in 1954 by Max Bill, the first rector of the renown...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Max Bill Furniture

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Beech, Spruce

14 Artists Plates Collection Limited Edition by Rosenthal, Max Bill, Dali, Pucci
By Max Bill, (after) Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, Rosenthal, Bjorn Wiinblad
Located in Andernach, DE
Extraordinary collection of 14 Artists-Plates by Rosenthal, Germany. Ranging from 1971 to the mid 1980s, this series from their artists ''Studio-Line'' features designs from artist r...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Max Bill Furniture

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Porcelain

Max Bill's Ulm Stool / Authentic Mid-Century Swiss Design
By Max Bill
Located in Zürich, CH
Ulm stool was designed by the Swiss architect and artist Max Bill in collaboration with Hans Gugelot in 1954. It is one of the most iconic pieces of mid-cent...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Max Bill Furniture

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Spruce

Ultra Rare German 1960s Junghans Max Bill Wall Clock 322/0350 in brass
By Max Bill, Junghans Uhren GmbH
Located in Krefeld, DE
Wall clock design by Max Bill for Junghans in 1960s. Brass metal case. Electric movement is in good working condition. At the back side maybe from the owner or clockmake a repair not...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Brass

1972 Munich Olympic Games - Max Bill Original Vintage Poster
By Max Bill
Located in Winchester, GB
Swiss artist & graphic designer Max Bill was one of 29 artists commissioned to produce posters for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. In the run-up to the 1972 Games, the Organising Comm...
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1970s German Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Paper

Max Bill white glass globe table lamp
By BAG Turgi, Max Bill
Located in Ferndale, MI
Architect Max Bill designed lamp produced by BAG Turgi Switzerland . White enameled base holds nine frosted white glass round ball globes . Emits nice warm comforting glow when lit .
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Max Bill Furniture

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Metal

Max Bill Wall Clock, Pastel Blue, Mid-Century Modern, Junghans Germany, 1950s
By Max Bill, Junghans Uhren GmbH
Located in Vienna, AT
An iconic modernist design wall clock and timer, original and old from the 1950s, designed by Max Bill, executed by Junghans Germany. A beautiful and adorable wall clock with a light...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Max Bill Furniture

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Chrome, Metal

Gray Max Bill Midcentury Wall Clock by Junghans Germany, 1950s
By Max Bill, Junghans Uhren GmbH
Located in Vienna, AT
An iconic modernist design wall clock and timer, original and old from the 1950s, designed by Max Bill, executed by Junghans Germany. A beautiful and adorable wall clock with a light...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Max Bill Furniture

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Metal, Chrome

Rare Wall Light in White by Max Bill for Temde, Switzerland, 1960s
By Max Bill, Temde Leuchten
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
The lamps are executed with E14 Edison screw fit bulbs. It is wired, and in working condition. It runs both on 110 / 230 volt. Our lamps are checked, cleaned and are suitable for ...
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1960s Swiss Space Age Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Metal

Rare Wall Light in Gold by Max Bill for Temde, Switzerland, 1960s
By Max Bill, Temde Leuchten
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
The lamps are executed with E14 Edison screw fit bulbs. It is wired, and in working condition. It runs both on 110 / 230 volt. Our lamps are checked, cleaned and are suitable for ...
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1960s Swiss Space Age Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Metal

Table Model "Dreirundtisch" by Max Bill, Swiss 1949
By Max Bill
Located in Brussels, BE
Table model "Dreirundtisch" by Max Bill - Swiss 1949.
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1940s Swiss Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Wood

Opaline Chandelier by Max Bill for Temde
By Max Bill
Located in München, DE
Extremely beautiful Sputnik chandelier from the 1960s. The 9 opal glass lampshades spread a pleasant light. The lamp has a very high quality finish. Very contemporary design with ...
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1960s German Space Age Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Metal

Zanotta Sgabillo Stool in Natural Varnished Frame by Max Bill
By Max Bill, Zanotta
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Zanotta Sgabillo Stool in Natural Varnished Frame by Max Bill Structure in natural varnished, layered birch or in black lacquered medium density fiberboard finished in scratch-re...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Max Bill Furniture

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Birch

Zanotta Sgabillo Stool in Black Lacquered Frame by Max Bill
By Max Bill, Zanotta
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Zanotta Sgabillo Stool in Black Lacquered Frame by Max Bill Structure in natural varnished, layered birch or in black lacquered medium density fiberboard finished in scratch-resist...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Max Bill Furniture

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Birch

Pair of 1960s Max Bill Red & White Table Lamps for Temde Leuchten, Switzerland
By Max Bill, Eero Saarinen, Temde Leuchten, Verner Panton
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of 1960s Max Bill red & white table lamps for Temde Leuchten, Switzerland. This extremely rare and iconic design is executed in red and opaline lucite with white painted metal. ...
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1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Metal

Table Lamps by Max Bill for Temde Switzerland
By Max Bill, Temde Leuchten
Located in Vienna, AT
Ball lamp by Temde, Max Bill from the 1960s. Glass ball with plastic base. Measures: Diameter: 14cm / Height: 29cm.
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1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Opaline Glass, Plastic

Junghans Max Bill German Minimalist White Ceramic Wall Clock Braun Era
By Max Bill, Dieter Rams
Located in Hyattsville, MD
The clock movement with a fresh battery has been running, however it may need to be serviced, it is quite loud. The manual timer is in working order. For reference an example was auc...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Porcelain

Glass Globe Table Lamp by Max Bill for Temde, Switzerland, 1960s
By Max Bill, Temde Leuchten
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Space Age bubble glass globe table lamp. Made by Max Bill forTemde, Switzerland in the 1960s. Style: mid century, modernist. Colors: clear and silver. Materials: glass and me...
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1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Aluminum

Max Bill Sun Desk Lamp Gold Anodized Aluminum, Switzerland 1955
By Max Bill
Located in Vienna, AT
Iconic and very large Max Bill Desk Lamp, Switzerland 1951 Large Max Bill table lamp with a rare finish and in very good condition. This double bell shaped desk light does not appea...
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1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Aluminum

Max Bill Geneve Musee Serigraph, 1972
By Max Bill
Located in Hanover, MA
Max Bill (1908-1994) Geneva Museum exhibition serigraph, created to accompany the exhibition of works by Max Bill held from 6 April through 30 April 1972 at the Musee Rath in Geneva,...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Aluminum

Max Bill Limited Edition Hand Signed Photolithography, 1977
By Max Bill
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Max Bill photolithography signed by, circa 1977 Stamped rotogravure reproduction of series by Bolaffiarte. Limited edition of 5000. Exemplary number 4912.
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Paper

Set of Two Original 1970s Wall Lights by Max Bill for Temde, Switzerland
By Max Bill, Temde Leuchten
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Set of two wall lights Design: Max Bill Producer: Temde, made in Switzerland Age: 1970s Set of two original 1970s modernist wall lights desig...
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Late 20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Max Bill Furniture

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Metal

Max Bill, Chair "Kneuzzargenstull", 1951
By Max Bill
Located in Saint ouen, FR
Max Bill - Chair "Kneuzzargenstull" Edition Möbelwerke Horgan Glarus Circa 1951 Wood and steel 78x48x52cm.  
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1950s European Modern Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table Model "Dreirundtisch" by Max Bill, Swiss 1949
By Max Bill
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table Model "Dreirundtisch" by Max Bill, Swiss 1949
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1940s Unknown Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Wood

Max Bill Floor Lamp
By Max Bill
Located in grand Lancy, CH
Max Bill floor lamp.
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1960s Swiss Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Metal

Signed Mid Century Marble Sculpture "Kubus" on Ebonized Walnut Base by Max Bill
By Max Bill
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful Mid Century Modern marble sculpture, entitled "Kubus", was realized by the renowned Swiss sculptor Max Bill in 1966. It features...
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1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Max Bill Furniture

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Marble

Max Bill furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Max Bill furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Max Bill furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 28 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 2 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Max Bill were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by BAG Turgi, Rosemarie & Rico Baltensweiler, and Trix and Robert Haussmann. Prices for Max Bill furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $452 and can go as high as $7,050, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,850.
Questions About Max Bill Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Max Bill created many types of items during his career. The Swiss artist worked as a graphic designer creating many compositions indicative of the modern style of the time. In addition, he was an industrial designer who made a variety of decorative objects and furnishings. He is best known for the clocks produced for Junghans, the Ulmer Hocker stool, the Atomic chandelier and the Tulip floor lamp. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of Max Bill art, furniture and decorative objects.

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