Christian Dell

Born in 1893, Christian Dell was a German silversmith who went on to become one of the founding influences behind the Bauhaus design movement. Dell completed an apprenticeship as a silversmith alongside his silver forging studies at the Königlich Preußischen Zeichenakademie in Hanau before taking roles as a silversmith in Dresden, Munich and Berlin.

It was while working as the foreman at the Bauhaus metal workshop in Weimar from 1922 to 1925 that he turned his attention to metal light fixtures for offices and workshops in collaboration with László Moholy-Nagy. As head of the metal workshop at the Frankfurter Kunstschule from 1926 onwards, he pioneered early works with aminoplastics and Bakelite and created many lighting designs, perhaps the most highly regarded of which was the mass-produced Kaiser Idell range. 

Following the end of the Second World War, Dell opened a jewellery shop in Wiesbaden and manufactured silverware until 1955. He died in 1974.

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