1893 - 1974 (Germany)
Christian Dell spent the majority of his life training as a silversmith in various institutions, before helping define the tough and effective aesthetic of the Bauhaus school. In that design school's formative years he acted as the foreman of the metal workshop and was responsible for teaching a new generation his functional and reductive approach. The Kaiser Idell range is Dell's most well-regarded contribution, but he worked tirelessly on lamps, jewellery and metal sculpture, combining his practical approach with artistic sensibilities. Later in his career Dell also did pioneering work with early plastic technology.