The Ulm Stool: Idea ─ Icon ─ Idol
What do a wanknutsaw, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, a broomstick and Max Bill have in common? Answer: they all played a significant role in the creation of one of the most famous design classics of the 20th century. Hardly any object is more inconspicuous than this one and yet none has attracted more attention. We are talking about the so-called “Ulmer Hocker” (Ulm Stool).
With the exhibition “The Ulm Stool: Idea – Icon – Idol“, the HfG-Archiv is for the first time placing one of the most famous designs created at the Ulm School of Design (HfG) at the centre of an analytical presentation. By means of a poly-perspective view of the manifold conditions that made the stool possible, not only a design classic becomes understandable, but also an original model of historiography is presented that could in turn set a precedent.