Curbed spoke with 11 of today’s design leaders to assess its impact.
“Bauhaus” and what comes to mind? Geometric shapes? Primary colors? Sleek modern chairs in lobbies everywhere? All of those would be valid associations.
Founded by German architect Walter Gropius in 1919, the Bauhaus school aimed to unite art, craft, and industry. So it makes sense that common perceptions of the Bauhaus are largely aesthetic-driven and object-based (unless you immediately think of one of countless entities that have since cleverly adapted the name, from steamed-bun-selling Baohaus to doggie day cares named Bowhaus to modernist-home-gawking Wowhaus).
Across three locations in Germany and the span of 14 years, the Bauhaus cultivated vanguard painters, architects, textile artists, furniture makers, graphic designers, and other experimental thinkers not so easily classified. Their works have come to define modern art and design for many—even, or especially, after the Bauhaus’s forced closure at the hands of the Nazi party in 1933.
But the physical products of their pioneering thinking, as wide-ranging and, in some cases, widely known as they are, paint only one layer of the Bauhaus legacy.
How do you define a school that many consider a movement that challenged the foundations of design, art, and architecture? How do you examine the impact of its “avant-garde” and utopian visions in the context of today’s mass consumption and midcentury mania?
To understand the Bauhaus on its 100th birthday, Curbed talked to nearly a dozen design leaders hailing from various creative disciplines, who can help articulate the conscious and unconscious ways we experience the enduring effects of the iconic school.
From the most important way the Bauhaus changed design to its value in solving today’s biggest challenges, here’s what they had to say.
Read the interviews HERE >>>> Source: Curbed 100 years of Bauhaus: The short-lived school that changed design forever