Designer and professor of product design at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe.


Hans Maier-Aichen (born 1940) studied painting and sculpture in Germany, France and the USA. He founded the design brand AUTHENTICS in 1983, thereby setting new standards in the development and production of everyday objects with high expectations of design. Numerous awards are testament to his success.


In addition to many other publications, he was on the advisory board for the publication "Spoon, 100 international designers",  Phaidon Press, London.




The idea of everyday products that meet high standards of design and quality but are reasonably priced, has always been the fundamental principle behind the Authentics brand; plastic is the material that makes realisation of this possible.


The latest edition of the BASICS products makes the awardwinning Authentics icons available once again. Pristine white, translucent polypropylene in archetypal shapes: quintessential , functional, long-lasting.




The cylindrical waste bin impresses with its simple elegance. It is comprised of thick-walled polypropylene and holds 20 litres. Waste bin liners are held securely in place by the removable ring attachment. 


Overhanging liner edges disappear behind the rim. Thus, the clarity of the shape is undisturbed.




Elliptical wastepaper bin made of high grade plastic. Due to its narrow cross-section it fits particularly well beneath desks or work-surfaces. Thus, there is always enough room - even for outstretched legs.




The swing-lid waste bin CAN is the original that has been copied a million times and fits in every room. The premium quality, thick-walled plastic design, the straightforward shape and the durable functionality make it virtually indestructible. With 20 litres it`s convenient for use in the office and the kitchen as well as in the food service / catering industry.



For laundry or toys, as container or stool, this cone- shaped broadening container with a flat lid that doubles as a seat has a wide variety of uses. Its nonslip surface made of sturdy polypropylene makes it extremely hard-wearing.


It has a diameter of 35 centimetres and is 48 centimetres high. The STOOL is extremely durable and easy to clean.





Often in life it is the small things that make a big dif ference. Even the kitchen and table thrive on clever accessories that are as diverse and individualised as the situations for which they were designed. „Cooking and Dining“ is a compilation of extraordinary individual pieces.



The porcelain trivet with concentric grooves protects sensitive surfaces from hot pots, pans and bowls. 

Dishwasher safe.



The durable shopping bag made of semi-flexible polyethylene is watertight and stackable. It can easily be rinsed out and cleaned, which makes it ideal for use as a virtually indestructible beach and casual tote bag.


At the office it transports your files and documents comfortably and casually. Perfect as a sleek, portable wastebasket.