Hanne Willmann

A quiet affair

Hanne Willmann has always had a penchant for Bauhaus, most recently because of her teaching assignment in Dessau, and now due to the new S4 display cabinet, which she has created for Tecta. “Tecta’s formal language fascinated me right away,” says the designer with a studio in Berlin. “A focus on the essentials and a philosophy based on construction are the hallmarks of Tecta’s products and also reflected in my designs.”

When she created the new S4 display cabinet Hanne Willmann paid several visits to the company’s headquarters in Lauenförde, seeking inspiration in the history and production of the faithful Bauhaus re-editions.

The fact that her display cabinet shares the floating appearance of the famous cantilever chairs was just one of the driving forces of inspiration behind the new piece of furniture. As a little surprise, there is a compartment on the upper level, painted in black, which seems to float on the transparent glass shelves. The wooden body of the cabinet with folding shelves offers invisible storage space.

Hanne Willmann’s cabinet simply looks as if it had always been part of Tecta’s Bauhaus range. “That was the challenge,” admits the designer, “to create a piece of furniture that is not loud but quietly fits in.”

The designer, who studied industrial design and lectured on technology and construction in Dessau, among other topics, would like to continue working for Tecta. “Everybody talks about Scandinavian design. So far German design has been associated with products like cars or electrical appliances. But I think that Germany has changed in terms of style – it has become more like Tecta. Surprising, value-sustaining and confident. That is the definition of German design and that is what Tecta means to me.”

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Hanne Willmann is a product designer from Berlin and creates both furniture, lamps and accessories. After studying at Berlin’s University of Arts and Elisava in Barcelona she worked for the Autoban studio in Istanbul as well as for the designer Werner Aisslinger in Berlin. In 2015 she founded her own design studio and received the A&W “Design Talent of the Year” award that same year as well as the German Design Award Newcomer Finalist 2016. Since 2017 she has been teaching at Berlin University of Arts.