Adelbert Niemeyer was born in Warburg in Westphalia in 1867 and studied painting at the Academy of Visual Arts in Düsseldorf.Adelbert Niemeyer was born in Warburg in Westphalia in 1867 and studied painting at the Academy of Visual Arts in Düsseldorf. In 1888, he moved to Paris to study at the Académie Julien, one of the most famous private art academies of its time. In 1892, Niemeyer – who throughout his life rebelled against the rigid hierarchies within the artistic world – was a founding member of the Münchener Sezession art society. Ten years later, he was co-founder of the Münchener Werkstätten für Wohnungseinrichtung (Munich Workshops for Home Furnishings), which in 1907 became the Deutscher Werkbund. The aim of this association was to introduce the quality of craftsmanship to mass production, which was just taking off at the time.
Niemeyer countered the magnificence of the historicist and art nouveau styles with his simple and graceful designs. He worked for Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg from 1905. Here, he designed the cylindrical DINNER SERVICE 820 and the TEA AND COFFEE SERVICE 811 (still in production to this day) in a particularly objective style. As he himself said, these are two services that are "simple, practical and elegant and that do not in the least refer to the art nouveau style which, thank goodness, has been overcome".* His vases and porcelain fretwork baskets also express timeless design.
* in: Alfred Ziffer, Die Künstler des 20. Jahrhunderts. Nymphenburger Porzellan, München 1997, P. 42.