Today we are excited to offer for sale a truly rare and all-original and authentic Wilhelm Wagenfeld Kubus stacking glass container set! Wilhelm Wagenfeld (1900-1990) was an important German industrial designer of the 20th century. Wagenfeld was a disciple of Bauhaus, which was a German art school operational from 1919 to 1933 that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught. The Bauhaus was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar. He designed glass and metal works for the Jenaer Glaswerk Schott & Gen., the Vereinigte Lausitzer Glaswerke in Weißwasser, Rosenthal, Braun GmbH and WMF. Some of his designs are still produced to this day. Wilhelm Wagenfeld studied metalwork at the Bauhaus between 1923 and 1925, where he designed a table lamp that became one of the school’s most popular products. After leaving the Bauhaus, he went on to design a number of popular consumer products, among the most successful of which was Kubus, the modular glass storage containers he created in 1935. Made of heat-resistant industrial glass, Kubus is designed for maximum flexibility of use and ease of storage. This fabulous set consists of six separate, stackable units of variable sizes and interchangeable lids. The Kubus containers were created for use in the refrigerator and pantry, or on the kitchen table. In this modular system, the containers can be used either together as a unit or individually as needed, and also without lids. Wagenfeld’s Kubus system exemplifies the Bauhaus commitment to the industrial production of well-designed standardized forms at affordable prices. A complete Kubus set is owned by the MoMa and also the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This fabulous set was acquired new by our consignor’s family in Germany in the 1930s! The set includes:
1 jug with lid: 6-1/2″ H x 3-5/8″ W x 3-5/8″ D
1 rectangular container with lid: 7-1/4″ L x 3-5/8″ D x 3-1/2″ H
4 rectangular containers (two with lids): 2-7/8″ H, 4-3/4″ W, 4-3/4″ D
This rare and wonderful set is in very good antique condition, with very minor wear/scuffing and patina commensurate with age and type of use. One of the square containers has a small chip on the corner of the rim. Other than that there are no other chips or cracks. This is a truly wonderful opportunity to acquire a rare and truly special piece of Bauhaus utilitarian high design. This iconic set, in museum collections, will make an outstanding addition to any modernist glass collection. Fresh to the market!