Very little is known about the life of German designer Hans Przyrembel, and his work has long been overshadowed by his more talented colleagues, including Marianne Brandt, Wolfgang Tümpel, and Wilhelm Wagenfeld.
Przyrembel was only fifteen years old when he first began working with metal as a locksmith's apprentice. In the last year of World War I, he was drafted into military service; following the war he initially worked as a locksmith.
In 1924, Przyrembel began his studies at the Bauhaus in Weimar, enrolling in the preliminary course taught by László Moholy-Nagy. The following winter he took his first class in the metal workshop. In 1925, the Bauhaus related to Dessau, where the metal workshop was outfitted with the latest technology, enabling the development of models that could be industrially manufactured. Przyrembel collaborated with fellow Bauhaus member Marianne Brandt on a ceiling lamp, which featured a pulley arrangement to adjust the height. During this time, Przyrembel also spent some of his free time designing prototypes for the Junker plant in Dessau, which manufactured airplanes and heating appliances.
Przyrembel returned his attention to handcrafting in 1928. He created a teapot for his journeyman's examination in silversmithing, and subsequently took over the Werkstatt für Gefässe, Schmuck und Beleuchtung (Workshop for containers, jewelry, and lighting) from colleague Wolfgang Tümpel. After the workshop closed in 1929, Przyrembel established his own shop in Leipzig, and passed the Bauhaus master's exam in 1932.
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