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MoMA Albers Nesting Tables

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This set of four tables was designed by Bauhaus master Josef Albers, a designer with work in MoMA’s collection. While serving as the artistic director of the furniture workshop at the Bauhaus from 1926 to 1927, Albers conceived the Nesting Tables for the private Berlin apartment of his and his wife Anni's closest friends. Albers was known for his geometric paintings, and his logic and passion for colour are applied to these tables. Crafted in Germany from solid oak with lacquered glass tops, they work “independently and interdependently.”

 

Josef Albers, who played a leading role in bringing the modern design principles of the Bauhaus to the United States, was born in Germany in 1888. Albers is known for his compositions that explore the relationship of colour through simple forms, such as the square. In 1950, Albers became the head of the Department of Design at Yale University. In 1963, he published the influential book Interaction of Colour that outlined his theories about colour and understanding the rules guiding visual experience.

 

Designer

Josef Albers

Size

Pale Green: 24.75h x 23.75w x 15.75"d

Yellow: 21.75h x 21.25w x 15.375"d

Orange: 18.75h x 18.9w x 15.75"d

Blue: 15.75h x 16.5w x 15.75"d

Materials

Glass, Oak

Year of Design

1926/27

Origin

Germany

 

This design is curator-approved and authenticated by MoMA. They ensure the integrity of their products through research and by working closely with the designers and manufacturers. The products embody the spirit of good design objects in MoMA's collection. Some of them are actual designs represented in the Museum's collection.