“The handicraft training in the Bauhaus workshops was not an end in itself, but an irreplaceable educational tool. The aim of this training was to create designers who, thanks to their precise knowledge of materials and processes, were able to influence the industrial production of our time.” Walter Gropius, 1955*
The tensions caused by the practical question of how this influence was to be expressed, and the parallels with the industrial production of our time, are explored in the exhibition Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making at Bauhaus Dessau.
While it’s hard to feel anything even vaguely resembling joy in a month which sees the UK start its senseless and cowardly, withdrawal from the European Union … life goes on!!
Our five top distractions for April 2017 features new design and architecture exhibitions in Berlin, New York, Paris, Dessau and Milan.
For George Orwell nothing heralded spring quite like the re-appearance of toads, emerging from their subterranean hibernation and setting off, once again, on life’s great cycle.
Our toads are the flurry of new design and architecture exhibitions which open globally every March, as the international museum and gallery community awake from their winter slumber.
Our highlights for March 2017, featuring new exhibitions in Bielefeld, Helsinki, Weil am Rhein, Utrecht and Paris
The German designer and silversmith Christian Dell is arguably best known for the numerous lighting designs he realised during the 1920s and 1930s.
Christian Dell was however also one of the pioneers of plastic design. If all too briefly.
Bauhaus Dessau was officially opened on December 4th 1926, and by way of celebrating the institution’s 90th anniversary on December 4th 2016 the foundation stone will be laid for the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau; an act which comes just one month after the foundation stone was laid for the new Bauhaus Museum Weimar. Both museums being built in preparation for the coming centenary of Bauhaus’s 1919 inauguration.
An apposite moment we thought to reflect on how Bauhaus was received, or at least how it was received in the early years, in its new, old, East German home1
Five recommendations for new architecture and design exhibitions opening in December 2016, featuring shows in Copenhagen, Weimar, Nürnberg, London and Munich
Dessau and Rotterdam may appear unlikely brothers in arms; however, an exploration of the towns’ architectural connections helps explain International
Whereas April showers tend to make you wet, grumpy and late, May showers are much more agreeable – or more
“The starting point for the chair was the problem of comfortable seating combined with a simple construction. A problem which
The end of design’s summer hibernation is traditionally marked by the opening of the Vitra Design Museum’s winter exhibition, which
The WA 24 table lamp by Wilhelm Wagenfeld is without question one of the most instantly recognisable pieces of Bauhaus
One of the biggest problems with Modernism is the name. It was unquestionably modern. Which is why it became known
As old Mother Goose, allegedly, once claimed: Thirty days hath September, and the following five enticing new design and architecture
Given that Bauhaus is often perceived as having been an incubator for the creative talents of the 1920s, it is
The biggest, and certainly highest budget, new architecture and design exhibition open in May 2015 is without question the World
The (hi)story of applied arts is, we believe it’s not too impetuous to claim, very closely connected with that of
Following the necessary disruption of their permanent exhibition to accommodate the recently ended exhibition Sensing the Future: László Moholy-Nagy, die
Cold as February 2014 unquestionably was, we managed to warm ourselves with exhibitions looking at the 1920s medial representation of
Until February 8th 2015 the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, DAZ, in Berlin is presenting the exhibition “The Urburb: patterns of contemporary
Just as it seems that the press conference ahead of the opening of the Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin’s new exhibition, “VKhUTEMAS –
In his 1936 film “Modern Times” Charlie Chaplin is famously swallowed by the wheels of progress in a short yet
Although it is probably fair to say that today Bauhaus is best remembered for its architects and designers, art played
“Herr Mies van der Rohe proposed to close Bauhaus. The proposition was unanimously approved”.1 With this sober protocol dated July
Amid all the hype surrounding “Bauhaus Style”, “Bauhaus Classic” and “Bauhaus Design” it is often forgotten that Bauhaus was a
Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of strolling with us through Potsdam will know our feelings on recreating exact