Born on April 1, 1920 as Johan (called Hans) Gugelot in Makassar on Celebes (Indonesia) of Dutch nationality. His father, Cornelis Gugelot, was a doctor. He attended primary school in Laren and Hilversum (Holland)
The family moves on to Davis (Switzerland) where his father took over the post of senior doctor of the Dutch Sanatorium. Hans Gugelot attends secondary school, graduating in 1940 with the 'Matura' (equivalent to A levels).
Takes up studies in Lausanne (school of engineering), continues at the ETH Zurich, Department I for Architecture. Gradiation in the winter term of 1945/46.
Extensive travels to Italy, plays guitar in jazz orchestras. Gugelot gets married in 1947. Works for a number of architect's offices until 1948.
1948 Between 1948 and 1950 Gugelot works with Max Bill, first furniture designs for e.g. Messrs. Horgen/Glarus, encouraged by Rudolf Garber ("Wohnbedarf", Zurich).
1950 Gugelot works in his own office, first developments of the furniture programme "M125", the first modular furniture system. Works as a freelance for Zurich Wohnungsbau.
Receives the call to work at the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) (under construction) in Ulm, by Max Bill, initial commission to advance further construction of the building. First meeting with Erwin Braun.
Lecturer of design and later head of the "development group II" of the HfG. Formal development of the first new Braun products. First sensational success on the German Radio, Phono and TVFair in Düsseldorf.
Between 1955 and 1958
exemplary design of radio, phono and TV products as a system (for Braun), that was to influence the entire industry world-wide up the last quarter of the 20th century.
System furniture "M 125" improved, manufactured by Messrs. Wilhelm Bofinger. Comprehensive report "Stile industria" dealing with the works of Hans Gugelot at the HfG. Travels to the USA and Italy.
Braun is awared the Grand Prix of the XI. Triennale in Milan for their complete programme range which goes back to designs by Hans Gugelot and Otl Aicher.
Separation of lecturing and development enforces the foundation of an independent development group.
Gugelot starts working on the Hamburg Underground (concluded in 1962). Countless developments for e.g. Pfaff, Gritzner-Kayser, Bofinger, Sonor, extension of the developing group by admitting new technicians.
Exhibition at the Museum Ulm. Foundation of an independent constructional department. Lecture at the World Design Congress in Tokoy.
Works as a consultant for the development of an Institut of Design in Ahmedabad/India. Head of the RektoratsKollegium of the HfG (until 1962).
Vortrag in der Slade School of Fine Arts in London. Schaffung des Silber/Schwarz-Erscheinungsbildes für Braun, erstmals dokumentiert am Rasierer »sixtant«. Diese Farbgebung machte international Schule. Entwicklungen u. a. f ür Agfa, Braun, Lumoprint. Gründung des »instituts für produktionsentwicklung und design e.v.« in Neu-Ulm.
Travelling exhibition at the HfG, Ulm. Lecture at the "grafiska institutet" in Stockholm. Concepts e.g. for Kodak, Girard, Weishaupt.
Initial development of the world's first sports car with self-suspending chassis made of plastic compound. Concepts for Bofinger, Kill, Design Institutes (Paldi, India).
Guest lecturer a the Institut of Design in Ahmedabad, India. Removal of Gugelot's "institut für produktionsentwicklung und design e.v." to their own rooms in Ulm (13 employees). On September 10, 1965 Hans Gugelot dies in Ulm.
Within the short span of ten years he created a revolutionary system design that has opened up possibilities and influenced the second half of the 20th century.
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