Swiss artist and architect Max Bill (1908-1994) was and continues to be profoundly influential on architecture, graphic and product design. He was one of the few architects to be as influential in art as he was in design, an innovator in the abstract style that became known as Concrete Art, his legacy was particularly strongly felt in South America. A student at the Bauhaus, Bill was responsible for the foundation of the Ulm Hochschule fur Gestaltung, widely seen as its successor. It was for the Hochschule that he designed the lever in the izé range in 1954. His stripped-down yet humane architecture has recently been cited as a major influence on the development of contemporary Swiss architecture.