Teo Jakob

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Teo Jakob (* 1923 in Bern ; † August 19, 2000 ) was a Swiss interior architect and designer. He was a patron of artists and designers of modern style.


After his stay in Welschland and active service, Theodor Jakob decided to continue his professional career as a craftsman instead of training at the arts and crafts school. He received his diploma as a master upholsterer-decorator on August 8, 1947 in Bern. In 1950 he took over his father's traditional upholstery and upholstery business on Gerechtigkeitsgasse in Bern's old town, which had been in existence since 1914 . Soon he gave the business with modern, functional furniture, Bauhaus icons and avant-garde design from Scandinavia and Italy a new character. Theodor Jakob found a new line of modern living culture in Switzerland. The photographer and designer Alfred Hablützel, who was employed by him at the time1955 created the brand "teo jakob", which is still valid today, with the lettering in red Helvetica . At the same time, Theodor, who now let himself be called "Teo", began working with arts and crafts schools and young Swiss designers such as Hans Eichenberger , Robert Haussmann and Kurt Thut . In 1955, Thut also designed the newly opened exhibition space at Gerechtigkeitsgasse 25 in Bern. In 1958 Teo Jakob and Peter Haussmann founded the group "Swiss Design" with Hans Eichenberger, Kurt Thut and Robert Haussmann with the aim of making their designs known internationally.

In 1972 Teo Jakob opened the special department for USM Haller furniture construction systems.

1981 Start of collaboration with graphic designer and photographer Alfred Hablützel

Art collection

In addition to his business activities, Teo Jakob was also an important patron, he mainly collected art by regional artists, for example from Meret Oppenheim to Markus Raetz to Balthasar Burkhard. Toni Gerber (1932–2010) ran an art gallery for many years in the same building as Jakobs' shop . As a result, Jakob came into contact with many artists and occasionally exchanged furniture for pictures. He made his shop available to the artist Alfred Hofkunst (1942–2004) for an exhibition. A wall-filling bicycle saddle, which Hofkunst drew as a shop window decoration in 1975, is in the Kunsthaus Langenthal. In 1999, shortly before his death, Teo Jakob transferred the collection that had developed over the years to the "Teo Jakob Art Collection". The foundation continues to expand the collection through acquisitions and donations.


  • In 1970 Teo Jakob received the Œuvre Award in recognition of his pioneering and consistent promotion of sophisticated modern home design in Switzerland
  • In 1996, the Commission for General Cultural Issues of the Canton of Bern honored Teo Jakob with the recognition award for his more than 40 years of work as a promoter and mediator of Swiss and international design as well as for his commitment to local art.



  • Literature by and about Teo Jakob in the catalog of the German National Library
  • Alfred Hablützel: From furniture curtains Jakob interior design to teo jakob , Teo Jakob AG Bern, 1975
  • Robert and Trix Haussmann: 30 years of Teo Jakob , catalog for the exhibition 23 Oct. – 21. November 1987, publisher Jakob, Bern; Geneva 1987

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Swiss Design website , accessed on February 10, 2014.
  2. History and honor accessed on June 1, 2019