20.05.2008: Famous Adler company emblem created by the Bauhaus founder

Walter Gropius, who created architectural history with the foundation of Bauhaus, was born 125 years ago this month. Gropius’ talents extended beyond architecture, however. He acted as designer and graphic artist for Adler (formerly Heinrich Kleyer AG) in Frankfurt.

Nuremberg, May 20, 2008 – The ‘Staatliche Bauhaus Weimar’, which Walter Gropius founded in Weimar in 1919 as a school of arts, is today renowned the world over as an avant-garde example of Classic Modernism in all areas of fine and applied arts. So significant was the Bauhaus influence, that the term ‘Bauhaus’ is often used synonymously with Modernism in architecture and design. Walter Gropius was one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture, which became widely known as ‘New Building’ or ‘New Objectivity’ in the 1920s.

At the end of the 1920s, Gropius was commissioned by Adler to design bodyworks for large Adler cars. Adler was at that time one of the most successful car makers in Germany. The cars designed by Gropius was presented for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in 1930. Their unembellished design caused quite a sensation worldwide, but never made it as far as serial production. Gropius also designed the Adler company emblem at the end of the 1920s. From 1930 onwards, the stylised eagle with widely spread wings adorned the radiator grille of Adler cars and remained a design feature until the 1970s. In the meantime, the company was renamed Triumph-Adler and became one of the most successful office machine companies in the business. After an eventful history, TA Triumph-Adler AG is today the market leader for the document business in Germany, and the specialist when it comes to efficiency in the document business.

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About TA Triumph-Adler AG:

In the document business, TA Triumph-Adler is the specialist. The company analyses, individually advises and realises an efficient document workflow for business customers, in both paper and electronic form, and delivers an effective service. With over 178,000 installed systems and more than 34,000 satisfied end customers and 112 years’ experience in the document business the Group is the market leader in Germany. Over 450 internal document consultants and 500 internal system supporters guarantee an all-inclusive service. The Group is there for its customers in over 13 legally independent solution centres (limited companies) in over 50 locations throughout Germany and abroad. TA Triumph-Adler offers complete and unique modular solution concepts (hardware = TOM ‘Total output Management’ software = DIDO ‘Digital Document Organisation’). The company is a full-line distributor for printing, faxing, copying, scanning and DMS and has its own financial service provider in the form of TA Leasing GmbH, which provides virtually every form of financing for business customers. Together with the specialised TA Triumph-Adler Corporate Consulting GmbH, the document specialist works with established key accounts both within Germany and abroad. TA Triumph-Adler AG has a prime standard rating on the German stock exchange (WKN 749500) and, with 1,365 employees (150 of whom are trainees) generated sales of EUR 416 million during the 2007 business year. The company demonstrates its social and civic responsibility through the Triumph-Adler ‘Kinder in Not’ Foundation, feels a duty to protect the environment and carries out efficient and comprehensive corporate governance. The company’s headquarters are located in Nuremberg.