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Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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.

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Creator: Willy Guhl
Pair of Willy Guhl Loop Chairs, Switzerland
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic pair of cement chairs by Swiss designer Willy Guhl for Eternit. Brand new. Hand made in Switzerland. Newly produced. Priced as a pair. One of the most iconic chairs ever de...
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2010s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Pair of Mid-century Willy Guhl armchairs 'Loop Chairs' for Eternit
By Willy Guhl, Eternit
Located in Baambrugge, NL
Pair of Mid-century Willy Guhl armchairs for Eternit. These 'Loop Chair' lounge/garden chairs by Willy Guhl were made in the 1950s from a continuous concrete slab. Switzerland, ca. 1...
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1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Barbecue/Grill by Eternit, Switzerland circa 1960
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Malibu, US
Exceptionally rare barbecue/grill designed by Swiss architect and Industrial design pioneer Willy Guhl for Eternit, Switzerland, circa 1960's. Pedestal base with circular top is su...
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1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement, Metal

Set of New Production Willy Guhl Loop Chairs and Matching Table, Switzerland
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic new production pair of cement chairs with matching table by Swiss designer Willy Guhl for Eternit. One of the most iconic chairs ever designed. Priced as a pair with matchi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Willy Guhl for Eternit Modernist Concrete Garden Chairs Switzerland 1974, Signed
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Mortsel, BE
Introducing an extraordinary trio of Modernist concrete garden chairs with the accompanying table by the renowned Willy Guhl for Eternit. These pieces proudly bear the distinct Etern...
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1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Steel and Concrete Design Bench, Switzerland, 1950s
By Willy Guhl
Located in leucate, FR
Mid-century floating bench designed by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl. Seater concrete monocoque is in good condition and the tubular steel base has been completely restored, sanded and...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete, Steel

Pair of "Loop Chairs" by Willy Guhl, Produced by Eternit Brazil, 1960s
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Clifton, NJ
Presenting an attractive loop shape, the Loop Chair was created by the Swiss designer Willy Guhl (1915-2004) in 1954, featuring a single volume of seats...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Willy Guhl Concrete Pod Chair, 1960s Switzerland
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning concrete pod chair designed by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl. Hand made in Switzerland by Eternit in the 1960s. Gorgeous patina. Factory drill...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Willy Guhl Concrete and Steel Floating Bench, 1960s Switzerland
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Remarkable mid-century floating concrete bench by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl. Circa 1960s. Sturdy and substantial. Holds the weight of 3 adults easily. Perfect minimal design as is c...
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1960s Swiss Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete, Steel

Willy Guhl Green Fiberglass and Steel Bench, 1960s Switzerland
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Remarkable mid-century floating bench by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl. Circa 1960s. Perfect minimal design as is common with the Swiss designer. Light weight but sturdy. The electric g...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Metal

Willy Guhl Square Tray Planters, 1960s Switzerland
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic square tray tabletop planters by Willy Guhl. Great for succulents and indoor planting. Great original patina throughout. Six available. Priced individually.  
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Loop Chairs and Loop Table by Willy Guhl for Eternit
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Magnificent pair of Loop Chairs plus a Loop Table designed in 1954 by Willy Guhl for Eternit SA of Switzerland. These iconic garden chairs and table are made of a continuous sheet ...
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1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Willy Guhl Loop Chair, Switzerland
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic cement chair by Swiss designer Willy Guhl for Eternit. Brand new. Hand mage in Switzerland. One of the most iconic chairs ever designed. Priced as a single chair.
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2010s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Willy Guhl Concrete and Steel Floating Bench, 1960s Switzerland
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Remarkable mid-century floating concrete bench by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl. Circa 1960s. Sturdy and substantial. Holds the weight of 3 adults easily. Perfect minimal design as is c...
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1960s Swiss Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete, Steel

Willy Guhl Concrete Pod Chair, 1960s Switzerland
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning concrete pod chair designed by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl. Hand made in Switzerland by Eternit in the 1960s. Gorgeous patina. Factory drill...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Willy Guhl and Robert Pansart Red Pod Chair in Cement, 1969
By Robert Pansart, Willy Guhl
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
Extremely rare iconic pod chair attributed to Willy Guhl, Many experts agree that this Pod Chair is actually the work of Robert Pansart, better known for his mirrors than for this ma...
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1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Blue Cement Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Loop Coffee Table, 1995, Switzerland
By Willy Guhl
Located in Vienna, AT
Blue modern vintage Loop coffee table by Willy Guhl (1915-2004). This coffee table is very suitable for indoor and outdoor as a futuristic beautiful ...
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Late 20th Century Modern Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Vintage Willy Guhl Concrete Loop Chairs, 1960s, Switzerland
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic pair of concrete loop chairs by Willy Guhl. This pair of chairs were designed by Willy Guhl in 1954 after Guhl watched as the Eternit fiber ...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Willy Guhl Blue Fiberglass Bench, 1960s Switzerland
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Remarkable midcentury floating bench by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl. circa 1960s. Perfect minimal design as is common with the Swiss designer. Light weight but sturdy. The electric bl...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Metal

Willy Guhl Loop Chairs and Table Set, 1960s, Switzerland
By Eternit, Ludwig Walser, Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful pair of concrete 'loop' chairs by Willy Guhl with a table/stool by Ludwig Walser. A beautiful pastel rouge color on one chair and a pastel violet on the other with the tabl...
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1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Willy Guhl Concrete 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 in...
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2010s Swiss Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete

Willy Guhl for Eternit Cone Concrete Planter in Burgundy, circa 1968, Signed
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An incredible designer on-trend architectural concrete cone planter by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, circa 1968 Switzerland. This cone shaped concrete planter has a patinated burgundy red exterior finish. Consider using this as a bird-feeder or bird-bath, a sculptural art piece or a pot for succulents, weeping grass or plants. Signed on the inside near edge. We have a large collection of Willy Guhl for Eternit pots, planters, garden objects, jardinières, and patio furniture. We always have inventory in Diablo's, Tilted and Cone Planters, box and rectangular Guhl...
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1960s Swiss Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete

Pair of Concrete Loop Chair Design by Willy Guhl, 1960s
By Willy Guhl
Located in leucate, FR
Two concrete beach or pool lounge chairs. Loop model created by designer Willy Guhl in the 1950s. The Loop chair features a single sheet of sea...
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Mid-20th Century French Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete

Monumental 38" Willy Guhl for Eternit 'Diablo' Concrete Spindle Planter, c 1968
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Incredibly gorgeous 38" tall 'Diablo' concrete spindel planter by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, circa 1968, Switzerland. This sculptural hourglass shaped concrete planter has a white exterior finish. We have a large collection of Willy Guhl for Eternit pots, planters, garden objects, jardinières, and patio furniture. We always have inventory in Diablo's, Tilted and Cone Planters, box and rectangular Guhl...
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1960s Swiss Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete

Monumental 38" Willy Guhl for Eternit 'Diablo' Concrete Spindle Planter, c 1968
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Incredibly gorgeous 38" tall 'Diablo' concrete spindel planter by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, circa 1968, Switzerland. This sculptural hourglass shaped concrete planter has a white exterior finish. We have a large collection of Willy Guhl for Eternit pots, planters, garden objects, jardinières, and patio furniture. We always have inventory in Diablo's, Tilted and Cone Planters, box and rectangular Guhl...
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1960s Swiss Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete

Pair of "Loop Chair" Armchairs Willy Guhl Swiss Vintage Design, G212
By Willy Guhl
Located in Lyon, FR
Pair of garden armchairs model "Loop chair" by the Swiss designer Willy Guhl from the 60's edited by Eternit. Fiber cement ribbon forming a low...
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1960s Swiss Brutalist Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Pair of Concrete Ball Armchairs, Design by Willy Guhl, 1960s
By Willy Guhl
Located in leucate, FR
Pair of ball armchairs created by designer Willy Guhl in the late 1960s. Sculptural armchairs, organic design reminiscent of a mushroom. Ideal for a ...
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Mid-20th Century French Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete

Willy Guhl for Eternit 'Diablo' Concrete Hourglass Planters, c 1968
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Incredibly gorgeous 31" tall and 18" diameter 'Diablo' concrete spindel planters by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, circa 1968, Switzerland. These sculptural hourglass shaped concrete planters have a grey exterior finish, one darker grey and the other two are light grey. Three available, priced individually. If you are purchasing less than all three, please message us with which one(s) you wish us to ship. We have a large collection of Willy Guhl for Eternit pots, planters, garden objects, jardinières, and patio furniture. We always have inventory in Diablo's, Tilted and Cone Planters, box and rectangular Guhl...
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1960s Swiss Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete

Large 37" Willy Guhl for Eternit 'Diablo' Concrete Hourglass Planters, c 1968
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful and extra large 37" tall and 21" diameter 'Diablo' concrete spindel planters by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, circa 1968, Switzerland. These sculptural hourglass shaped concrete planters have an off-white exterior finish with natural age and patina throughout. Two available, priced individually. If you are purchasing a single, please message us with which one you wish us to ship. We have a large collection of Willy Guhl for Eternit pots, planters, garden objects, jardinières, and patio furniture. We always have inventory in Diablo's, Tilted and Cone Planters, box and rectangular...
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1960s Swiss Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete

Large 'Handkerchief' Concrete Planters by Willy Guhl for Eternit, c. 1968
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This beautiful pair of large sized (35" diameter) 'Handkerchief' concrete planters by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit, circa 1968 Switzerland has beautiful patina including fi...
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1960s Swiss Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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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, Switz...
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1960s Swiss Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Concrete Pod Chairs, 1960s Switzerland
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning pair of concrete pod chairs designed by Swiss Architect Willy Guhl. Hand made in Switzerland by Eternit in the 1960s. Gorgeous patina. Fact...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Vintage Willy Guhl Concrete Loop Chairs
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic pair of concrete loop chairs by Willy Guhl. This pair of chairs were designed by Willy Guhl in 1954 after Guhl watched as the Eternit pan...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Tropical Planter by Willy Guhl, Produced by Eternit Brazil, 1960s
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Clifton, NJ
This vase is part of the series of Eternit fiber-cement vases designed by Willy Guhl (1915–2004), the industrial design pioneer in Switzerland who also created the remarkable Loop ch...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Willy Guhl Rectangular Planters
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic rectangular planters by Willy Guhl. Great for succulents and indoor planting. 4 available. Priced individually.  
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Willy Guhl Concrete Drum Table
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic drum table by Swiss architect Willy Guhl for Eternit. Great scale and unique shape. Suitable for indoor and outdoors. Only one available. New pencil edge glass top. Stunnin...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Willy Guhl Half Moon Wall Planters
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare concrete planters by Willy Guhl with factory drilled holes to hang on the wall. Semi circular front with faceted edges in back. Great vintage condition. 4 available. Priced indi...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Swiss Planter by Willy Guhl, Produced by Eternit Brazil, 1960s
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in Clifton, NJ
This vase is part of the series of Eternit fiber-cement vases designed by Willy Guhl (1915–2004), the industrial design pioneer in Switzerland who also created the remarkable Loop ch...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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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 worked with a mixture of cement and asbestos from Eternit. The lightweight material was groundbreaking, uncompromising form and structure with an emphasis on functionality. This set of unique chairs...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Composition

Iconic mid century Willy Guhl loop garden chair
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
Located in London, GB
Rare and original Loop chair with white patina from the 1960's by Swiss designer, Willy Guhl for Eternit. In vintage condition, these chairs all feature a patina in keeping with age...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Concrete

Willy Guhl Concrete Saddle Stool, 1960s
By Willy Guhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare concrete stool by Willy Guhl in the shape of a saddle. Hand-made in Switzerland in the 1960s, Excellent condition and design. Great sculptural pieces with beautiful soft lines. ...
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1960s Swiss Modern Vintage Willy Guhl Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Willy Guhl Orange Pod Chairs, Pair
By Eternit, Willy Guhl
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 Patio and Garden Furniture

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Cement

Willy Guhl patio and garden furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Willy Guhl patio and garden furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of stone and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Willy Guhl patio and garden furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 38 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 4 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original patio and garden furniture by Willy Guhl 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 patio and garden furniture by and Eternit. Prices for Willy Guhl patio and garden furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $625 and can go as high as $27,812, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $7,269.

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