Robert Haussmann

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Robert Haussmann (born October 23, 1931 in Zurich ; † September 21, 2021 there ) was a Swiss architect , furniture designer , interior designer , designer and university professor . He was married to Trix Haussmann-Högl , together they were known as Robert & Trix Haussmann .


Coat of arms of Zurich as a water feature , Shopville , Zurich main station
Shopville Zurich
Zurich main station, Shopville-Passage
Shopville Zurich, lockers

From 1948 Robert Haussmann was a student of the Bauhaus lecturer Johannes Itten at the Zurich School of Applied Arts . After his military service he studied at the Kunstnijverheidschool in Amsterdam (today's Gerrit Rietveld Academie ) with Gerrit Rietveld and the Bauhausler Johan Niegemann. In 1951, Haussmann graduated as an interior designer in Zurich and also attended lectures by the architecture theorist Siegfried Giedion . The meeting with the Dada artist Hans Arp was also formative .

After his studies, Haussmann worked as an assistant at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Zurich and at an Eternitwerk , where he designed exhibition architecture and worked as an editor. From 1953 he and his brother Peter managed his father's interior design business under the name Haussmann & Haussmann.

In 1955 Robert Haussmann joined the Swiss Werkbund SWB .

In 1958, Teo Jakob and Peter Haussmann founded the “Swiss Design” group with Hans Eichenberger , Kurt Thut and Robert Haussmann with the aim of making their designs known internationally.

After his marriage in 1967 to the architect Trix Högl , they founded their own office together, later under the name of “General Design Institute”. Since then, they have worked together with drafting work, industrial design and construction contracts.

1981 Start of collaboration with graphic designer and photographer Alfred Hablützel to develop new concepts for home textiles with mannerist and illusionist design elements.

Robert and Trix Haussmann became members of the Association of Swiss Architects BSA in 1982 .

From 1972 to 1978 Robert Haussmann taught interior architecture and product design at the Zurich School of Applied Arts . From 1978 to 1980 he was visiting lecturer for architectural design at the ETH Zurich and from the 1986 summer semester professor for interior design (successor Herta-Maria Witzemann ) at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart (until 1998).

He had a son with his wife Trix, and Trix had two children from his first marriage.


From 1966 the couple worked under the common name Robert & Trix Haussmann and as the company Die Allgemeine Designanstalt in Zurich.

The General Design Institute

During the joint creative years, furniture designs for various international companies and major renovations were created, including:

The most important architectural and interior fittings:

  • 1965, Kronenhallebar in Zurich
  • 1970, the premises of the Maeght Gallery, now the Musée Visionnaire
  • 1977 to 1984 didactic pieces "Disruption of form by function"
  • 1977 Lanvin Boutique Zurich
  • 1978 to 1983 Galleria shopping arcade in Hamburg
  • 1987 to 1991 Bahnhofspassage Zürich



  • 1958 Kunstgewerbemuseum Zurich “new metal furniture”, exhibition with Hans Eichenberger and Kurt Thut.
  • 1975 Exhibition "Sièges poèmes" in Montreal and Quebec, participation in projects from 1967 and 1970.
  • 1977 Biennale of Swiss Art in the Kunstmuseum Winterthur «Current - Past», contribution furniture as architectural quotation
  • 1977 "Bauhaus" exhibition at the Alchymia designer group in Milan, participation
  • 2002 Museum für Gestaltung Zürich: Trix + Robert Haussmann An alphabetical walk, accessed on February 8, 2014
  • Exhibition “The log-O-rithmic slide rule” until April 29, 2012 in the Schauraum Studiolo, Zurich, accessed on February 8, 2014
  • 2013 Fri Art Kunsthalle Friborg: Trix & Robert Haussmann «Collektion Röthlisberger & Miroirs - Spiegel», accessed on May 14, 2014


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Trix and Robert Haussmann [Trix Haussmann-Högl (* 1933), Robert Haussmann (1931–2021) In: ETH Zurich, accessed on September 27, 2021.
  2. Wolfgang Kermer : Data and images on the history of the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart . Stuttgart: Edition Cantz, 1988 (= improved reprint from: The State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart: a self-portrayal . Stuttgart: Edition Cantz, 1988), o. P. [17].
  3. Ping pong of ideas. On the mezzanine floor: magazine for architecture and design, 31, 2018.
  4. Werner Huber, Current Modifications, accessed on February 8, 2014
  5. 2002 Museum of Design
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