Brilliant Bauhaus Still Buzzing

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The power of the Bauhaus philosophy lives on even though it was an art school operating in Germany for only about a decade in the early part of the 20th century.

We have sold our house and moved interstate to be closer to family. We have had a great time catching up with family and having a wee holiday my excuse for not writing a blog post for awhile. At the present time we are house sitting. The house belongs to an artist who is in Italy conducting an art tour.

Each afternoon I sit in a Marcel Breuer ‘Wassilly’ armchair and treat myself to a book from the wonderful library of art books. Besides devouring books on Turner, Matisse, Cezanne and Toulouse Lautrec I found the gem ‘Bauhaus Archive Berlin Museum of Design’. What a delight to once again discover the inspiring designs created at the Bauhaus. So I thought I would share some of story of Bauhaus and create a few concept boards inspired by and featuring some of the designs.

A manifesto for Bauhaus in Weimar Germany was written in 1919. Walter Gropius the director of the school wanted to reform the artistic process by using workshop courses and linking arts to hand crafts. One of the preliminary courses was created and taught my Johannes Itten; over a decade painting, drawing, print making, pottery, bookbinding, sculpture, cabinet making, metal and commercial art, photography, wall painting, architecture, urban planning and design were offered.

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Some of the famous names who were associated with Bauhaus besides Gropius; Vassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee (who taught elements of design theory) and Mies van der Rohne who conducted courses in architecture. Bauhaus moved from Dessau to Berlin and was closed in 1932. The New Bauhaus was created in Chicago in 1937 and the enduring influence of the school became international.

Benjamin Moore has elected lemon sorbet as the color of the year for 2013 and I have used this future trend prediction with some Bauhaus designs to indicated the fact the designs can still create a buzz today. The Bauhaus interior design mood board I have created on features the on trend yellow and grey scheme and a wall hanging by Anni Albers in cotton and rayon, the table lamp created in the 1920s by Carl Jakob and Wilhelm Wagenfeld in nickel plated brass and glass. Also a yellow take on the famous Marcel Breuer Wassily chair.

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On the Trendy Bauhaus mood board Ruth Hollos-Consemuller’s 1930 cotton and wool wall hanging, Marianne Brandt’s 1924 tea and coffee set in silver and ebony, a staircase and vase in a Mondrian inspired design and a Miles van der Rohne chair are featured.

The Bauhaus design concept board features Marcel Breuer’s 1926 table set, Max Peiffer Watenphul’s 1921 wall hanging and Piet Mondrian’s designs. I have had a great time away from house hunting being inspired by Bauhaus designs and creating the concepts boards.

I can drive myself crazy redesigning every house we look at and I must admit sending us off on some lovely wild goose chases looking at homes beyond our budget and needs. We are downsizing after all. We want to ensure we have plenty of money left for travel and also a home with a lot less upkeep inside and out. Well back to the house hunting.

Author: Rosena MacFadzean for – concept creation online

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