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November 20, 2013
From Bauhaus to the latest automobile designs, a great amount of industrial design and modernism originated in Germany and continues to inspire on a global scale. Here are seven of the latest innovative pieces from modern German designers.
Modern chair

Berlin-based industrial designer Julian Sterz featured Platzhalter-Stuhl at the design trade fair Imm Cologne in 2013. The design plays with perception by adding metal frames to missing parts of conventional chairs.

Originally appeared in Emerging Design Talent at imm Cologne
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Tilt clothes hanger

Like the Platzhalter-Stuhl, German designer Tina Schmid's Tilt was also featured at the design trade fair in Germany. Similarly playing with perception, Tilt gives the viewer a sense of vertigo as it moves from a flat graphic to a three-dimensional object.

Originally appeared in Emerging Design Talent at imm Cologne
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Parrish Chair at Konstantin Grcic

Munich-based industrial designer Konstantin Grcic created this elegant Parrish Side Chair, shown here in Lancaster Walnut Wood, for the Parrish Art Museum in New York. Grcic is well-known for his simple yet sturdy chair designs.

Originally appeared in International Style at Dwell on Design
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Zierharsofika by Meike Harde

The multi-purpose Zieharsofika by designer Meike Harde is as much of a seating area as it is a magazine rack. A perfect addition to an architect's office, blue prints can slide through the adjustable rubber bands for reachability and comfort.

Originally appeared in Zieharsofika Seating by Meike Harde
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Processed Paper Pendant Light by Pia Wüstenberg

German-born designer Pia Wüstenberg incorporates used paper products such as posters and magazines to create light fixtures. Resembling the concentric rings of a tree trunk, this recycled lamp is green in philosophy and chic in design.

Originally appeared in Tomorrow's Design Stars: Part 1
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Spiegelau IPA glass

Following the modernist philosophy of "form follows function", Germany-based glassware company Spiegelau collaborated with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman from Sierra Nevada to design the first known IPA-specific beer glass. The glass was designed to enhance the aroma and flavor profile of American-style IPA beers.

Originally appeared in The First IPA-Specific Beer Glass
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This felt clock designed by Sebastian Herkner is unique but non-intrusive. The design focuses on usability and sustainability, unifying principals for all of his designs.

Originally appeared in Designer Spotlight: Sebastian Herkner
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Modern chair

Berlin-based industrial designer Julian Sterz featured Platzhalter-Stuhl at the design trade fair Imm Cologne in 2013. The design plays with perception by adding metal frames to missing parts of conventional chairs.

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