Hans Gugelot


Hans Gugelot (1 April 1920 – 10 September 1965) was an Indonesian-born, German engineer and industrial designer known for his modernist consumer products.[1][2]

Hans Gugelot
Johan Gugelot

April 1, 1920
DiedSeptember 10, 1965
Ulm, Germany
EducationETH Zurich
Parent(s)Pieter Cornelis Gugelot
Electric shaver designed for Braun (1962)

Life and workEdit

Johan Gugelot was born on April 1, 1920, in Makassar, Dutch East Indies to Dutch parents.[3]

He completed his early education in Laren and Hilversum, North Holland.

In 1934, the Gugelot family moved to Davos, Switzerland for Hans's father's job as a physician.

Between 1940 and 1942 Gugelot studied architecture in Lausanne, and graduated as an architect from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zurich in 1946.

Until 1948 worked as an architect for a number of architects.[4] In 1947, he married.[specify]

In 1948, Gugelot was hired by Max Bill, for whom he created his first furniture designs.[4][5]

In 1950 Gugelot founded his own office and began designing "M125," a shelving and storage for which he later became known. Another influential work of Gugelot's in this period was the Ulm Stool, which he designed in collaboration with Bill.[3]

In 1954, Gugelot met Erwin Braun, then-head of German consumer product company, Braun. Throughout the remained of the decade, Gugelot created a number of designs for the company, including the Braun SK 4, which he designed with Dieter Rams.[4][3]



  1. ^ "Hans Gugelot - Lebenslauf". www.hansgugelot.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  2. ^ "Hans Gugelot - Oxford Reference". www.oxfordreference.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  3. ^ a b c "KulturPortal Frankfurt: Persons". www.kultur-frankfurt.de. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  4. ^ a b c WICHMANN (2013-12-14). System-Design Bahnbrecher: Hans Gugelot 1920–65 (in German). Springer-Verlag. p. 10. ISBN 9783034860314.
  5. ^ "Hans Gugelot – Biografien – eMuseum Museum für Gestaltung Zürich Archiv Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK". www.emuseum.ch (in German). Retrieved 2019-04-16.