Stefan Wewerka

Stefan Wewerka was born in 1928 in Magdeburg, Germany. After graduating from the Hochschule der Künste in Berlijn — where he studied with Max Taut and Eduard Ludwig — Wewerka worked in the 1950s in the office of the Luckardt brothers and afterwards between 1962 and 1965 in the office of Scharoun. Wewerka mixes the disciplines art, design and architecture. In addition to his practical work as an architect, he has made use of the media of photography, film, painting, drawing and art. Wewerka designed furniture for the Tecta firm of Axel Bruchhäuser; besides conventional pieces in line with Bauhaus ideas, he designed the ‘Kitchen Tree’ (1984) and the ‘Cella’, a furniture piece that is also a small living unit with a sofa and a folding bed (1954-84). Wewerka gained special renown with his deconstructed chairs, bent or folded, cut into pieces and re-assembled.

Wewerka became involved in the Team 10 meetings through Georges Candilis, with whom he worked in the early 1960s. He participated for the first time at the Team 10 meeting in 1960 in Bagnols-sur-Cèze and continued to be a Team 10 adherent during the 1960s and 1970s. His best-known designs that are part of the Team 10 canon are the so-called boulevard buildings for the revitalization of Paris and Berlin (1962) and the design for the Ruhwald housing estate in Berlin (1965).
Wewerka lives and works in Cologne and Berlin.

See also the Stefan Wewerka website