Günter Thüre


Günter Thüre
Günter Thüre

Günter Thüre
born in Halle/Saale in 1941, lives in Berlin

  • trained as wood model builder in Halle/Saale
  • studied at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee (school of arts), graduated as industrial designer in 1968 
  • from 1968 member of the Verband der bildenden Künstler (association of visual artists)
  • design work in the area of medical technology
  • 1973-1977 research associate in the Amt für industrielle Formgestaltung (bureau of industrial design), consultant and quality control activities in the field of residential areas
  • 1983-1988 head of the working group KindUmwelt (child/environment), including overall concept for playground design for the cities of Sonneberg, Magdeburg und Erfurt
  • from 1977 to present: freelance work on art concepts for new housing developments; sculptural works for interior and exterior spaces (mainly in wood), playgrounds (including Berlin, Cottbus), participation in art exhibitions, design of furniture and living accessories


The lack of imagination that was often evident in the living environments in the former GDR was both a chance and an opportunity for my colleagues and I to create play offers which would meet the creativity and curiosity of the children and youths. Wood was the ideal material in this context and represented a contrast to the grey concrete of the entire housing development and their standardised metal constructions of see-saws, swings and climbing frames. In the 70s, the KindUmwelt work group of the artist’s association began to increasingly take over the leadership responsible for concepts and projects for playground offers in public spaces as well as the children’s wards of hospitals and institutions for people with disabilities.

I was able to make contact with the Richter company as early as 1988 while attending an international specialist event; a fruitful cooperation based on the principles of mutual values developed from this meeting during the period following German reunification. 


web: www.thuere-design.de