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Bätzner Helmut

Bätzner Helmut

Helmut Bätzner studies architecture at the Technical University in Stuttgart after having completed a carpentry apprenticeship.

Until 1966 he was lecturer at the Werkkunstschule in Krefeld.

From 1964 Helmut Bätzner works as a freelance architect and designer.

1964-1966 Helmut Bätzner designs the “Bofinger chair”, a plastic chair for the company Bofinger with the model number “BA 1171”. This chair is the first mass-produced and one-piece plastic chair. It is ideally suited for mass production because the “prepreg” die casting cycle takes just five minutes, and virtually no reworking is required. The “Bofinger chair” is presented in 1966 at the Cologne Furniture Fair, since then 120,000 copies have been produced and it served as a model for countless other plastic garden chairs.

One of Helmut Bätzner’s major architectural projects is the construction of the Liederhalle in Stuttgart (1951-1956), where he works alongside the architect Rolf Gutbrod and others. is involved. Between 1970 and 1975, Helmut Bätzner plans the construction of the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe as well as the psychiatric clinic there.