Holding their Own
WILLY GUHL’S EXTRAORDINARY MID-CENTURY PLANTERS
Made from fibre cement Willy Guhl’s planters are so darn stylish that they wouldn’t look at all out of place inside your home.
Willy Guhl (1915-2004) was a pioneering Swiss furniture designer and one of the first industrial designers in Switzerland. He made his mark through unconventional experimentation with new materials, concise and timeless designs, and an immense technical understanding.
Guhl initially trained as a carpenter before going on to study at the Zurich School of Applied Arts, and in 1939 opened his own cabinetmaking workshop. He later went back to teach at the school for 39 years - with many of his former students becoming leading designers in their own right, including Robert Haussmann, Kurt Thut and Bruno Rey.