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Wolfgang von Wersin. Das elementare Ornament und seine Gesetzlichkeit, 1940
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Wolfgang von Wersin. Tea Caddy, 1954
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Wolfgang von Wersin. Teeservice Adonis (Grün), Nymphenburg, 1932
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Wolfgang von Wersin. Das Buch vom Rechteck, 1956

Biography Wolfgang von Wersin

Wolfgang von Wersin (1882 – 1976) was a Czech-born designer, painter, architect and author who developed his career in Germany. He studied architecture at the Technische University of Munich (1901–1904) and, in parallel (1902 to 1905), he also studied drawing and painting at the Teaching and Experimental Atelier for Applied Arts, a reform oriented art school in the same city. Then, from 1906 onwards, after completing his military service, became a tutor there. In 1909 he began working as a designer for numerous firms, including the Behr furniture factory and the Meissen porcelain manufacturers. In 1929, he assumed the directorship of the Neue Sammlung established in Munich in 1925, the department for artisan art at the National Museum – and remained there until his illegal dismissal by the national socialists in 1934.

 

In the period from 1936 to 1938 he designed dining service sets for Rosenthal and for the porcelain manufactory Thomas in Marktredwitz. His 'Das elementare Ornament und seine Gesetzlichkeit (Eine Morphologie des Ornaments)' was published in 1940. In 1946 he participated in the founding of the Upper Austrian Werkbund, whose president he was until his death. He taught at the Art School of the City of Linz, and published his book on the rectangle (The Book of Rectangles, Spatial Law and Gestures of The Orthogons Described) in 1956, in which he dealt with the application of the various rectangular shapes in architecture and design.