Tommi Parzinger

Biography

Posters, porcelain, wallpaper, interior decoration. Born 1903. Studied at Munich Kunstgewerbeschule: a teacher was Richard Riemerschmid. By 1925: member of Die Sechs (The Six), a group of Munich poster artists. He later designed for the Berlin Porcelain Works, as well as designing furniture, shopfronts, posters and interiors. 1935: emigrated to USA and had a successful career as a silversmith and industrial designer. Died 1972.

Writings about

  • Walter F. Schubert, Die deutsche Werbegraphik, Berlin: Francke & Lang, 1927. , 1927, pp. 31-7 (work of Die Sechs)
  • M. Glass, ‘Die 6 in Wort und Bild’, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., Jahrg. 2 (1925/6?), v. 4, pp. 49-68 (showing work of Die Sechs)
  • O. Matthes and C. Prange, Hamburg und die HAPAG (exh. cat.), Hamburg: Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte, 2000 (posters)
  • Mel Byars, The Design Encyclopedia, London: King, and New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2004.
  • Traugott Schalcher, ‘A talk with Tommi Parzinger’, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., May 1930, pp. 2-9 (posters)
  • Werner Suhr, ‘Es ist an der Zeit…’ (posters, ads), Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., Aug. 1931, pp. 10-25
  • Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., April 1931, in ad inset at end (Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen poster)
  • Eberhard Hölscher, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., Jan. 1959, pp. 14-21 (Gg covers)

Exhibitions

  • Hamburg, 2000.