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Herbert Hirche studied from 1930 to 1933 at the Bauhaus in Dessau and Berlin. His teachers included, Wassily Kandinsky and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. From 1934 to 1938 he worked in Mies van der Rohe's office in Berlin, until his boss emigrated to the United States. From 1939 to 1945 Hirche worked for Egon Eiermann, after 1945 for Hans Scharoun. In 1948 he was appointed Professor of Applied Arts at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, which had only been recently founded in 1946. It was in the Soviet Occupied Zone of Berlin. Hirche moved to West Germany and from 1952 to 1975 he took an appointment at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart as Professor of Interior Design and Furniture Making.
When the company Braun began to be more design oriented company, they hired Hans Gugelot and Herbert Hirche, this new design line was continued later by Dieter Rams. Music cabinets by Braun, designed by Herbert Hirche were found in the late 1950s in every modern villa in central Europe, many architects recommended these devices to equip their buildings
Hirche's work was also shown at national and international fairs and exhibitions. These include the Milan Triennale in 1957 and Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. In 1964, examples of his works were shown on the documenta III in Kassel in Industrial Design.
He died in Heidelberg in 2002 aged 91.
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