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100 Years of Bauhaus: Takehiko Mizutani

We Celebrate 100 years form the establishment of a school that has driven, and still influences, the way in which a large and cross-cultural community of designers thinks, expresses, conceives and organise spaces. 

Takehiko Mizutani and Iwao Yamawaki were the first Japanese students of the Bauhaus. The student works by Mizutani left a very deep mark in the preliminary course led by Josef Albers. 


Takehiko Mizutani, Materialstudie: Dreiteilige Skulptur, 1927, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Takehiko Mizutani designed two structures for tables and stools where the four legs cross each other within a joint that holds them in place. The table and stool, originally conceived with wooden legs and stretched fabric top, were shown in exhibitions focusing on Bauhaus furniture.

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Takehiko Mizutani, prototypes of collapsible stool and table, 1926 Bauhaus 

The pictures of the prototypes were shown for the first time in the US in 1938 at the exhibition “Bauhaus, 1919-1928” curated by Herbert Bayer, Walter and Ise Gropius for the MOMA, but both designs have never been part of any production until the 1980s. 

In 1984 Matrix started manufacturing a version of the table with chrome-plated steel legs and glass top.  The cast aluminum joints, originally painted black, were lately offered in a variety of colours.

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Takehiko Mizutani table is part of Codici Collection with the code MZ59  

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