Bernard Schottlander Archive

Scope and Content

The collection comprises photographs, mostly of objects designed by Schottlander, publications, and twelve examples of his industrial design from the 1950s: three chairs, seven lamps and two ashtrays.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bernard Schottlander (1924-1999) worked as both an industrial designer and sculptor, and, although the design work predates his sculpture, he is perhaps best known for his public sculptures, examples of which can be seen in Britain and abroad.

Schottlander was born in Mainz, Germany, and emigrated to England in 1939. He began his career as a welder and plater and attended evening classes in sculpture at Leeds School of Art, later transferring to the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London where he studied industrial design between 1949 and 1951. He then established his own industrial design business in north London where he manufactured lighting that attracted the attention of architects and the design cognoscenti.

In 1953 Schottlander's work was included in a major exhibition of British design organised by the British Council and held in Zurich. Two years later he was elected to the Society of Industrial Artists. In 1956, his 'Diabolo' ashtray was commissioned for the Design Centre when it opened in 1956, and thereafter his work was included in a variety of Design Council exhibitions both in Britain and abroad.

From the early 1960s Schottlander gave up his design work in order to focus on sculpture, and taught metalwork at St Martin's School of Art. Exhibitions of his work were held at the Architectural Association in 1964 and at the Hamilton Gallery in 1966. From this time, his interest lay in large-scale outdoor sculpture. A noteworthy commission is his curved steel structure 'South of the River' (1973), sited outside the premises of Ernst & Young on London's south bank.


The collection is arranged in the followng series:

SCH/1 Photographs

SCH/2 Publications

SCH/3 Design objects

Access Information

Researchers wishing to consult the collection should make an appointment. Telephone 44 (0)1273 643217 or email

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the University of Brighton by the Schottlander estate in 2000. Further photographs were added at the time of the Schottlander exhibition 'Indoors and Out: the Sculpture and Design of Bernard Schottlander', organised by the University of Brighton Design Archives and the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2007-8.

Archivist's Note

Collection level record created March 2006, and extended by Sue Breakell, January 2010.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission must be sought to publish any material from the collection. Email:

Related Material

The archive of the Design Council (also at the University of Brighton Design Archives) contains photographs of Schottlander's work, including individual objects (lamps and ashtrays) and as part of exhibitions and room settings. These are indexed under Schottlander.

The University of Brighton acquired two sculptures by Schottlander in 2000, at the same time as the archive, 'Ding Dong' (1964) and 'Terminal' (1964). These form part of the University's Aldrich Collection.

Material relating to Schottlander's career as a sculptor is housed at the Henry Moore institute Archive, Leeds.


Moriarty, Catherine, and Worsley, Victoria 'Indoors and Out: the Sculpture and Design of Bernard Schottlander'. Henry Moore Institute Essays on Sculpture, 36. Leeds: Henry Moore Institute, 2007