Bauhaus Design: Embracing the Art of Simplicity

Last Updated on June 12, 2024 by SampleBoard

Regarding furniture design, one cannot overlook the profound impact of Bauhaus.

Born at a German art school in 1919, Bauhaus quickly revolutionized how we perceive and appreciate functional objects in our homes.

Its influence on modern design is undeniable.

The essence of Bauhaus lies in its pursuit of simplicity combined with functionality.

Rejecting ornate decorations and lavishness, this style emphasizes clean lines, geometric shapes, and a harmonious balance between form and function.

Every element serves a purpose – nothing superfluous or unnecessary.

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Imagine stepping into a room adorned with iconic Bauhaus furniture.

You would be greeted by sleek chairs made from tubular steel frames that seamlessly support comfortable leather seats or cushions upholstered in bold primary colors.

Tables featuring minimalistic designs that exude elegance through their pure forms.

The emphasis on practicality shines through even in lighting fixtures – simple yet innovative lamps illuminate spaces efficiently without compromising aesthetics.

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However, beyond being just an aesthetic choice for your home decor, embracing Bauhaus extends far beyond visual appeal.

It represents a philosophy that values simplicity as an aesthetic preference and an approach to life itself—stripping away excesses to focus on what truly matters.

As you explore different styles of furniture, take some time to appreciate how the timeless legacy of Bauhaus continues to shape contemporary design today.

Bauhaus redefined our relationship with everyday objects while celebrating beauty found within simplicity.

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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 is my excuse for not writing a blog post for a while.

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 ‘Wassily’ armchair and treat myself to a book from the wonderful art library.

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 Bauhaus's story and create a few concept boards inspired by and featuring some of the designs.

In 1919, a manifesto for Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, was written. Walter Gropius, the school's director, wanted to reform the artistic process by using workshop courses and linking the arts to handicrafts.

Johannes Itten created and taught one of the preliminary courses; over a decade, painting, drawing, printmaking, pottery, bookbinding, sculpture, cabinet making, metal and commercial art, photography, wall painting, architecture, urban planning, and design were offered.

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Some famous names associated with Bauhaus besides Gropius were Vassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee (who taught design theory elements), and Mies van der Rohe, who conducted courses in architecture.

Bauhaus moved from Dessau to Berlin and closed in 1932. The New Bauhaus was created in Chicago in 1937, and the school's enduring influence 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 indicate that the designs can still create a buzz today.

The Bauhaus interior design mood board I created on features the on-trend yellow and grey scheme, a cotton and rayon wall hanging by Anni Albers, and a table lamp created in the 1920s by Carl Jakob and Wilhelm Wagenfeld in nickel-plated brass and glass.

Also, there is 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.

I can drive myself crazy redesigning every house we look at, and I must admit, this has sent 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 that requires less upkeep inside and out. Well, back to the house hunting.

Author: Rosena MacFadzean for – concept creation online