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Hans Coray

Designer Hans Coray

Hans Coray studied literature until 1929 and then became teacher in Aarau and Zuoz in 1931. Between 1932 and 1938 he continued studying Design, Astrologie, Theologie und Graphologie. Here he also designed some metal works and chair models.

He designed tge weightless chair “Landi” in 1938 out of punched aluminium for the Swiss Country Exposition in Zurich. The perforation of this chair didn’t only decrease its weight, it also made the usage of the chair outside ideal, since water would drain without any problems.

Coray took place at a metal work workshop in 1941 and worked as free designed, artist and arts merchant from 1945 on. During the second world war, he designed different expositions for Swiss chemical companies and created numerous furniture pieces out of aluminium, steel tube and wood in the late 40s.

He designed further chairs in the 50s and concentrated on applied arts afterwards. Coray’s sculptures, most of them out of metal, were exposed between 1950 and 1985 in Zurich, 1951 in Bern and 1981 in Cologne.