Vintage “Peter Bherens” Hair Dryer

R350.00 R180.00

This is one of those items that’s going to send me straight to the poor house! I’m such a snoop and when I start researching something such as this I can literally spend hours perusing old hair dryers and delving deep into the realm of vintage industrial design.

According to what I’ve managed to uncover this hair dryer was designed for AEG by Peter Bherens, a leading german architect and industrial designer. To give his importance some perspective, he had several of the leading names of European modernism working for him when they started out in the 1910s, including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius… what a time it must have been!
Bherens apparently died in 1940, so i’d have to guess that this piece would have been designed sometime in the 1930s (or possibly even earlier?), but I’m sure it would have stayed in production for quite some time after that.

Now the thing that has stumped me is that this particular hair dryer does not bare the AEG name, but instead a little plaque that reads “Flash” and then all the same information including the serial number that appears on the “AEG” model. I’ve seen the same thing pop up a few other times, but only in the South African market. So I’m wondering if there wasn’t perhaps some kind of licensing issue with AEG at the time. I can’t believe it’s a knock off, because it’s literally identical in every way to the AEG branded model.
Anyhoo, back to the product on hand…

It’s still working perfectly (albeit probably not quite as effective as your Dyson), which just goes to show that they “really don’t make them like this anymore!” An excellent film prop or special gift for a collector. Overall it’s in excellent condition with only minimal signs of wear (see pics), and I’m betting that’s a fabulous bakelite handle to boot!

Height: 20cm
Width: 19cm


Availability: 1 in stock


R80- Door to Door delivery via uAfrica to all major cities nation wide.

**Please note that this is a flat rate and you are welcome to add as many deliverable items to your order at no additional cost. Undeliverable items include furniture and items that are extremely fragile in nature, but this will be specified in the items description.

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Most of our products are vintage in nature and will show varying signs of age appropriate wear. However, we will always endeavour to point out any imperfections and describe items to the best of our ability. Please always be sure to examine the pictures and dimensions carefully. If you are unsure about absolutely anything, please don’t hesitate to contact us, as we are always happy to answer any questions you might have.


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