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Willy Guhl

Swiss, 1915-2004

Decades prior to the mass popularity of neo-industrial cement floors and furniture taking shape, there was Willy Guhl. The Swiss creative is considered one of the first “industrial” designers in his home country. He pioneered a rugged, organic style of modern furniture and decor — stylish planters, shapely seating and lots more — that remains widely coveted by many today.

Guhl was born in 1915 in Stein am Rhein and worked as a carpenter before beginning studies at the Zurich School of Applied Arts (known today as the Zurich University of the Arts), where he would go on to teach for nearly 40 years.

While Guhl is well-known for his range of provocative garden elements as well as his patio and outdoor furniture, today’s legion of mid-century modern enthusiasts are likely familiar with the designer’s iconic Loop chair (introduced in 1954). For this sculptural seat and other furnishings, Guhl tended toward industrial materials, which he bent and shaped into organic forms for a striking juxtaposition. Much of his work is crafted from either concrete or Eternit, a mixture of cement and asbestos developed by the Belgian company Etex, which, in the 1950s, commissioned Guhl and his students at the School of Applied Arts to conceive planters in the material. The resulting vessels — some hourglass-shaped, some in the form of handkerchiefs, all suitable for indoors or exteriors — remain some of Guhl’s most collectible pieces.

Guhl’s affiliation with the Swiss “neo-functional” movement centered on the idea of simplifying design without sacrificing form. According to Guhl, his mission was “achieving the most with the minimum of effort.”

In addition to his work as a designer, Guhl left his mark on subsequent creatives through his 39-year tenure at his alma mater, where he was instructor to the likes of Robert Haussmann, Kurt Thut and Bruno Rey. Modern-day shoppers at IKEA owe Guhl a debt of gratitude too. He was an early advocate of flat-pack furniture, championing its ability to make good design more widely accessible.

At its core, though, Guhl’s work was inherently human-centric: “At the center of my efforts, I put people and their living requirements,” he once said. “My products must be useful to people.” Guhl died in 2004 at the age of 89.

Find a range of vintage Willy Guhl furniture and decorative objects on 1stDibs.

Iconic Designs from Willy Guhl
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
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Creator: Willy Guhl
Large Willy Guhl "Diablo" Hourglass Shaped Planters Sold as Pair
By Willy Guhl
Located in Wichita, KS
Gorgeous pair of 38" tall 'Diablo' concrete spindel planters by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, circa 1968, Switzerland. These sculptural hourglass shaped concrete planter ha...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangular Planter with Handles, circa 1968
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Incredibly gorgeous, this is a rare large rectangular planter with metal handles by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, circa 1968, Switzerland. The patina and age on this exa...
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1960s Swiss Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangle Concrete Outdoor Handle Planter
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted circa 1968, Switzerland. This special low-profile rectangle-sh...
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1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Concrete Vase
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic cement vases by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit. Great tabletop vase or planter. Very unusual planter. Great for tabletops/coffee tables. Simple design and very hard...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangle Concrete Outdoor Planter, 1970s, Signed
By Willy Guhl, Eternit
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural 25.75" long rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted in the 1970s Switzerland and signed and dated unde...
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1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangle Concrete Outdoor Planter, 1970s, Signed
By Willy Guhl, Eternit
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted in the 1970s Switzerland and signed and dated underneath. This...
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1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Rectangle Willy Guhl Mirror
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rectangle Willy Guhl mirror with fantastic patina'd thick signature cement frame and new mirror 2 sizes available / multiple quantities.
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Orange Pod Chairs, Pair
By Willy Guhl, Eternit
Located in New York, NY
Iconic "pod" chairs designed by Willy Guhl and realized by Eternit, circa 1950s in Switzerland. Orange in color. Handled for ease of movement. Handmade with cast fiber cement and ...
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1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Concrete Cone Planter with Metal Base
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large red concrete cone planter with metal scalloped base by Willy Guhl. Decades of patina to concrete and metal. Excellent vintage condition. Unusual shape and size. One available. ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Ridged Trough Planters by Willy Guhl
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic rectangular planter by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit. Ridge design on all sides. Just under 3.5 feet long. Great lines and clean design. Good vintage condition and...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Elephant Ear Planter
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning concrete elephant ear planter by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit. Great vintage condition. Two available with different coloring/patina. Priced individually.  
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1960s American Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Large Willy Guhl Hourglass Planter
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful concrete hourglass planters by the Swiss Architect, Willy Guhl. Great age, patina and coloring. Iconic sculptural planter or garden object. Listing is for a 35.5"-37"...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Handkerchief Planter, Cast Stone Modern Sculptural Jardinière, France
By Willy Guhl
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Willy Guhl handkerchief planter, cast stone modern sculptural jardinière, France. Monumental sculptural assymmetrical sculptural form with extremely rare original painted finish in R...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl

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Cast Stone

Willy Guhl Handkerchief Planter, Cast Stone Modern Sculptural Jardinière, France
By Willy Guhl
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Willy Guhl handkerchief planter, cast stone modern sculptural jardinière, France. Monumental sculptural asymmetrical sculptural form with extremely rare original painted finish in Re...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl

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Cast Stone

Sculptural Willy Guhl Concrete Shelves
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of rare shelves by Willy Guhl. Taken from a public indoor pool in Germany. Four shelves available. Two white and one green priced individually. Perfect for rolled up towels. Or s...
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1970s Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Pair of Loop Chairs by Willy Guhl for Eternit, 1990s
By Willy Guhl
Located in amstelveen, NL
Stunning set of 2 fiber cement Loop chairs by Willy Guhl for Eternit, the 1990s. Iconic design.
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1990s European Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl

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Cement

Vintage Willy Guhl Handkerchief Planters, Two Available
By Willy Guhl
Located in Wichita, KS
Highly decorative outdoor handkerchief shaped planters designed by Willy Guhl, sold individually. Manufactured by Eternit AG, Switzerland 1960. These planters are made of cellulose i...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Handkerchief Planter
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Willy Guhl for Eternit Handkerchief planter with sculptural clean lines Great patina.
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1950s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl, Pair of "Elephant ear" planters, Switzerland 1954
By Willy Guhl
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Pair of large "Elephant Ear" planters created by Willy Guhl for the firm Eternit (Switzerland 1954). At the start of the 1950s, Eternit asked Willy Guhl to design fiber cement outdoo...
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1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Concrete Vase
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Spectacular concrete vase by Willy Guhl. Made of fiber cement. Decades of patina and moss. Excellent condition. Only one available.
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Square Pot
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Square concrete planter by Willy Guhl. Made in Switzerland in the 1960s. Great condition. Original coloring and patina. Classic square planter with indented handles on both sides. 3 ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Biomorphic Pots
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These Willy Guhl pots in the shape of candy wrapper all have different wonderful patina Priced individually.
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Monumental Chalice Planter
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unique concrete planter by Swiss architect Willy Guhl. Planter in the shape of a chalice, with a faceted rim and base. Extremely rare. Massive size. Great condition. Only one availab...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Chalice Shaped Planter
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unique concrete planter by Swiss architect Willy Guhl. Planter in the shape of a chalice. Especially unique in that the base matches the top with pointed facets. Great vintage condit...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Tilted Planter
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Tilted concrete planters by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl. Wonderful patina and coloring to each planter. Multiple sizes / shapes available.  
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Two-Piece Flower Pot
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unique sculptural concrete planter by Willy Guhl with 2 pieces. Base is a round disc that holds the flower pot. The cylindrical flower pot has two circular cutouts on each side of it...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Pair of Adjustable Willy Guhl "Vasque" Planters
By Willy Guhl
Located in Charleston, SC
Beautiful pair of adjustable Vasque planters designed by the legendary Swiss designer/architect, Willy Guhl in the 1960s. Incredible patina and growth, sold as a pair. The tops are...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Modern Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl 'Diablo' Spindel Hourglass Concrete Planter, Switzerland, 1954
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in The Hague, NL
High shaped diabolo shaped planter designed by Willy Guhl and Anton Bee and manufactured by Eternit Ag, Switzerland 1954. This planter is made of cellulose infused fiber cement and...
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1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Pair of Large Canted Planters by Willy Guhl
By Willy Guhl, Eternit
Located in Woodbury, CT
Designed by the iconic Wily Guhl in 1951 and made by Eternit of fiber cement, a durable and lightweight material, these planters are consummately Mid-Century Modern. They would make ...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl

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Other

Small Willy Guhl Ribbed Planter
By Willy Guhl, Eternit
Located in Woodbury, CT
Designed by the iconic Willy Guhl in the 1960s and made of strong and lightweight fiber cement by Eternit, SA of Switzerland, this square planter has a natural unpainted patina and i...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl

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Other

Willy Guhl Concrete Urn
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unusual concrete urn by Willy Guhl. Rare model. Excellent patina. Great vintage condition. Only one available. Opening of top is 8.5" D.
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Pair of Willy Guhl Elephant Ear Planters with Original Patina
By Willy Guhl, Eternit
Located in Paris, FR
Set of two large elephant ear planters done in the 1960s by Willy Guhl, with a wonderful original garden patina.
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1950s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl "Biasca" Elephant Ear/ Hourglass Concrete Planters, Switzerland 1954
By Willy Guhl, Eternit
Located in The Hague, NL
Set of 2 "Biasca" Elephant Ear large planters designed by Willy Guhl and Anton Bee and manufactured by Eternit AG, Switzerland 1954. This planter is made of cellulose infused fiber ...
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1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Pod Chairs 'Set'
By Willy Guhl
Located in Bloomfield Hills, MI
As of the mid-20th century, the work of Willy Guhl was a revolutionary feat of industry and design with a distinct style that transcends decades. True to form and function, Guhl work...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl

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Composition

Willy Guhl Two-Piece Flower Pot
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unique sculptural concrete planter by Willy Guhl with 2 pieces. Base is a round disc that holds the flower pot. The large cylindrical flower pot has two circular cutouts on each side...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Concrete Cone Planter on Iron Stand
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Cone planter by Will Guhl made in the 1960s, in Switzerland. Inverted concrete cone sits comfortably in an iron tripod stand. Great patina and coloring to planter. Bottom of cone flo...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Pair of Anton Bee Design Planters Assisted by Willy Guhl 1950
By Willy Guhl
Located in Saint Rémy de Provence, FR
Diabolo planter design Anton Bee assisted by Willy Guhl 1950. Height 64cm. Diameter 36 cm. Good condition.
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1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Coffee Table Bowl
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic cement bowls by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit. Great tabletop bowl or planter. Very unusual size. Great for tabletops/coffee tables. Simple design and very hard to...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Concrete Octagonal Vase
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Concrete vase by Willy Guhl. Made of fiber cement. 8 sided with small base. Great vintage condition. Great oversized vase.
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Ridged Box Planter
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sculptural concrete planter by Willy Guhl. Handmade in Switzerland, in the 1960s. Rounded rectangular frame with indented ridge. Unusual shape. Very good condition. Great patina.
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Goblet Planter
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unique concrete planter by Swiss architect Willy Guhl. Planter in the shape of a goblet or drinking cup. Excellent patina and coloring. Great scale. Two available. Priced individuall...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Olive Jar Planter
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Concrete olive jar planter by Willy Guhl, with great patina and prominent presence. Simple and elegant design perfect for any garden or patio. Excellent vintage condition. Mouth ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangle Window / Balcony Concrete Planter, Signed
By Willy Guhl, Eternit
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural 23.5" long rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted in the 1960s and 1970s Switzerland and signed and d...
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1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Pair of Willy Guhl 'Diablo' Spindel Hourglass Concrete Planters
By Willy Guhl
Located in Wichita, KS
Pair of hard to find Willy Guhl for Eternit Diablo spindle hourglass planters. These planters are 25" tall and have a wonderful aged patina.
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Concrete Trough Planter
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Concrete trough planters by Swiss architect Willy Guhl. 26 " long. Factory drilled drainage holes. Perfect depth for narrow spaces. Small footed base. Excellent patina. 15 available....
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

4 Large Eternit Saucer Planters Designed by Willy Guhl with Wrought Iron Base
By Willy Guhl
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
4 large Eternit saucer planters designed by Willy Guhl with wrought iron base.
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1960s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete, Wrought Iron

Willy Guhl for Eternit Large Rectangle Concrete Outdoor Planter, 1968, Signed
By Willy Guhl, Eternit
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted in 1968 Switzerland and signed and dated underneath. This spec...
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1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl for Eternit Rectangle Concrete Outdoor Planter, Signed & Dated 1973
By Willy Guhl, Eternit
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This designer on-trend architectural 31.5" long rectangular concrete planter is by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, crafted in 1973 Switzerland and signed and dated underneath...
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1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Olive Jar Planter
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Concrete olive jar planter by Willy Guhl, with great patina and prominent presence. Beautiful pastel blue patina. Simple and elegant design perfect for any garden or patio. Mouth...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Vintage Round Planters by Willy Guhl for Eternit, 1960s, Set of 2
By Willy Guhl
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Decorative outdoor round planter designed by Willy Guhl, produced by Eternit AG, Switzerland - set of 2 These planters are made of cellulose infused fiber cement. The have a ...
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1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Adjustable 2-Piece Concrete Planters
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic cement planter by Swiss designer Willy Guhl for Eternit. Pedestal base with massive bowl that sits on top. Bowl can sit flat or angled in a multitude of directions. Great o...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Industrial Goblet Shaped Hourglass Planter, 1950s, Switzerland
By Willy Guhl, Eternit
Located in The Hague, NL
This industrial planter was designed by Willy Guhl and manufactured by Eternit Ag, Switzerland, 1950s. It's made of cellulose infused fiber cement. Very nice shaped planter in goo...
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1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Scalloped Concrete Planter
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large unusual scalloped concrete planters by Swiss architect Willy Guhl. Three rounded edges on all sides. Moss and lichen, with great patina. Two still available in this size. Very ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Monumental Willy Guhl 59" Adjustable Two-Piece Concrete Bowl Planters
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic cement planter by Swiss designer Willy Guhl for Eternit. Large concrete pedestal base with massive concrete bowl that sits on top. Bowl can sit flat or angled in a multitud...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Square Flower Pot
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Square concrete planter by Willy Guhl. Made in Switzerland in the 1960s. Great condition. Original coloring and patina. Classic square planter with indented handles on both sides. 4 ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Cement

Monumental 38" Willy Guhl for Eternit 'Diablo' Concrete Planter, c 1968, Signed
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Incredibly gorgeous 38" tall and 22" diameter 'Diablo' concrete spindel planter by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, circa 1968, Switzerland. This sculptural hourglass shaped c...
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1960s Swiss Modern Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Loop Table
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Willy Guhl Loop table is an icon of Swiss modernist furniture design. The Loop Table (also known as the Beach Table) was designed by Swiss industrial designer Willy Guhl in 1954....
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Early 2000s Swiss Willy Guhl

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Cement

Willy Guhl Concrete Ball Planters
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Concrete ball planters by Swiss designer Willy Guhl. Great patina to each planter. Great for indoors or outside. Priced individually.          
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl

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Concrete

Willy Guhl furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Willy Guhl furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These unique pieces are often made of stone, and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Willy Guhl collection of furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular.. We stock 288 vintage versions of these items, while there are 3 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Willy Guhl were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Ludwig Walser and Eternit. Willy Guhl furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $395 and tops out at $38,500, while pieces like these can sell for $2,400 on average.

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