Herta-Maria Witzemann

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Herta-Maria Witzemann (born December 10, 1918 in Dornbirn / Austria, † March 8, 1999 in Ludwigsburg ) was an interior designer and furniture designer. She was a university teacher and president of the Association of German Interior Architects .

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Herta-Maria Witzemann received her education from 1924 to 1937 at the elementary school and the Realgymnasium in Reutlingen. After an internship as a carpenter, she studied from 1938 to 1940 at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna in the specialist class for architecture and industrial designs with Oswald Haerdtl and then at the Academy for Applied Arts in Munich with Georg Buchner and Josef Hillerbrand (until 1942). She completed her studies with a diploma. From 1942 to 1945 she was an assistant in Haerdtl's specialist class in Vienna and worked in Haerdtl's studio.

After the Second World War, she worked for four years in well-known Stuttgart architectural offices. Then began a period of self-employment as an interior and furniture designer , in which, in addition to private and industrial assignments, she also took on the interior design of public buildings, such as the town halls in Reutlingen, Pforzheim, Gerlingen, Bietigheim, Dürrheim and St. Georgen Radio and television studios for the Süddeutscher Rundfunk in Stuttgart, the spa houses of the baths Krozingen, Dürrheim and Buchau, several administration buildings, the casino and Kurhaus Baden-Baden, the Wilhelmspalais, the New Palace and the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart, the restaurants of the Stuttgart and Mannheim television towers, renovation and furnishing (at the time controversial in the media and among experts) of the Chancellor's Bungalow in Bonn according to the taste ideas of Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger and the guest house of the Federal Republic on the Petersberg in Bonn.

In addition, she developed series furniture for about ten companies, some of which are well-known beyond Europe, such as Knoll-International , Walter Knoll , Thonet , Erwin Behr and Heal's London. At home and abroad she designed seven exhibitions, for example at the Interbau in Berlin in 1957, the Triennale in Milan, for which she received a silver medal, and in 1958 at the World Exhibition in Brussels, London and Venice.


In 1952, at the same time as Herbert Hirche , she took over the management of a class for interior design and furniture construction at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart and was appointed professor in 1961. In 1985 she retired. Together with her colleagues Erwin Heinle and Wolfgang Stadelmaier, she was significantly involved in the introduction of a diploma for interior designers at the Stuttgart Art Academy in the seventies, which had been awarded with the degree of "Dipl.-Ing." Until then there was no art college in the Federal Republic of Germany and which served as a model for other universities. In addition to all these varied activities, she wrote specialist books and essays which, together with her creative work, made a contribution to living culture in the second half of the last century.

Association activity

She worked with commitment as the chairwoman of the regional association of the Federation of German Interior Architects, which had set itself the goal of opening up an equal field of activity for interior design alongside architecture. From 1972 to 1977 she was President of the Association of German Interior Architects. She fulfilled this office with her own energy and was honored with the honorary presidency of this association.


Herta-Maria Witzemann was awarded the Medal of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg in 1978 and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany with the Order of Merit in 1980. In 1985 she received the Order of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The Herta Maria Witzemann Prize was presented by Dr. Brunhilde Wachter donated to the academy in memory of her sister and her achievements.


  • State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart: for the 200th anniversary of the academy: The teachers 1946–1961 . Stuttgart: State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, 1961, pp. 75–78
  • Wolfgang Kermer : The professors of the graphic design, interior architecture and design departments: Ade, Brudi, Bruse, Franz, Heinle, Henning, Jacki, Klink, Kröplien, Lehmann, Mohl, Stadelmaier, Stemshorn, Votteler , Weidemann, Witzemann, Wollner . Landeskunsthochschulwochen Baden-Baden, June 5-21, 1981. Stuttgart: State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, 1981, pp. 72–76
  • Karin Theis-Sina: Herta-Maria Witzemann. Star interior designer . In: Lots of women. Detected in Baden-Württemberg. 47 portraits, Stuttgart: Theiss 2000, ISBN 3-8062-1525-1 , pp. 177-179.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Herta-Maria Witzemann. Baden-Württemberg State Gazette, accessed on June 15, 2019 .