Prof. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Hans Erich Slany

Graduate 1948
1948 Product developer and Assistant Technical Manager of Firma Ritter Aluminium GmbH Esslingen.
Design developments (Heinrich Löffelhardt)
1955/56 Styling department Daimler-Benz AG Sindelfingen
since 1956 freelance industrial designer
Areas of work: automobile accessories, television studio cameras and film production equipment, movie cameras, power tools, writing implements, boilers, burners, control units, office organisation and office chairs, household appliances, packaging machines, machine tools.
Since 1957 freelance designer for companies like the Robert Bosch GmbH (incl. subsidiary companies), Leitz, Leifheit, Hirschmann, Kärcher, Silit, Weishaupt, Pilz, Wilde & Spieth, ITT USA, Electrolux Schweden
since 1959 judge for design competitions
1959 Founding member and member of the Executive Board of the “Berufsverband Deutscher Industriedesigner” (association of German industrial designers)
1973/75 3 Federal Design Awards "Gute Form" (good design)
1985 Honorary Professor of the design department at the Berlin University of Arts
1986 Professor and Academic Director of the newly founded study programme Industrial Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.
Foundation of the first study programme leading to the degree "Dipl.- Ingenieurdesigner" in Germany.
1987 Foundation of the Slany Design GmbH (today TEAMS Design)
1990 Design team of the year (Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen Essen)
1996 Ranking of overall top ten product designers
(Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen Essen)
First place in Germany
Second place worldwide (just behind the USA)

Has been awarded over 900 national and international design awards,
one of the pioneers of post-war industrial design in Germany.


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