Alfons Bach

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Alfons Bach
Magdeburg, Germany
Pensacola, Florida
Known forIndustrial design, tubular steel furniture
Notable work
Remodeling of Sach's and the Seneca Textile Building

Alfons Bach (1904–1999) was a German industrial designer and watercolor painter. He is known for his architectural design projects and his tubular steel furniture, which have been described as "icons for their period."[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Alfons Bach was born in Magdeburg, Germany. He grew up in Munich. He attended school in Berlin.[1] He moved to New York, New York in 1926. Before his move, he had studied film and design.[2]


Bach designed the remodeling of Sach's and the Seneca Textile Building, both in New York City.[2] His work was exhibited in early contemporary industrial art shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[1] In 1938 he designed his own home in Stamford, Connecticut. He led the project to build the Ridgeway Center, one of the first shopping malls in the United States.[2] Bach designed tubular steel furniture in the 1930s for the Lloyd Manufacturing Company. They continued to produce his pieces until 1947. These tubular pieces are considered a link between Bauhaus and modern design style.[1] He moved to Florida in 1959. He designed the Palm Trail Plaza and Palm Trail Yacht Club in Delray Beach.[3] He curated the United States exhibition at the International Industrial Design Exhibition in 1969.[2] He designed work for General Electric, Keystone Silver, Pacific Mills and Bigelow-Samford. He served as president of the American Designers Institute.[1]

Later life and death[edit]

In 1992, he moved to Pensacola, Florida where he died in a nursing home, in 1999.[1]


His work is held in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery.[1][2] A set of 17th-century sliding-door panels from a Zen temple in Kyoto, Japan, owned by Bach and his wife, Anita, reside in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Pace, Eric. "Alfons Bach, 95, Designer of Tubular Furniture". Arts. The New York Times. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Alfons Bach". Collection. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  3. ^ Mayhew, Augustus (11 July 2011). "Urbane Developments: Miami & Delray". New York Social Diary. Retrieved 6 February 2017.