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Bruno Paul (1874-1968)1920HamburgBirch wood, partially stained in black 515 x 594 cm

Bruno Paul was one of the most sought after German architects of decorative private and commercial buildings and a designer of elegant interiors of his time. Around 1920, he built Fränkel House in Hamburg, Blankenese. This staircase, which was permanently installed at the MKG in 1978-79 was originally a part of Fränkel House. Paul’s sober and elitist interiors designed in the style of Art Deco conformed to the ideas of the enlightened upper classes. However, his commissioners still viewed the cool-purist interior designs and the tubular steel furniture of the Bauhaus with great scepticism.