“I assure you that you and your work are the model case for what the Bauhaus has been after” wrote Walter Gropius to Wilhelm Wagenfeld in April 1965.

Just how Wilhelm Wagenfeld developed that “model case” “after” Bauhaus is explored, as least in terms of one design genre, in that genre for which Wilhelm Wagenfeld is most popularly known as a Bauhaus model, in the exhibition Wilhelm Wagenfeld: Lamps at the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus Bremen.

Tropfen (l) & Düren (r) by Wilhelm Wagenfeld for Glashütte Peill & Putzler, as seen at Wilhelm Wagenfeld: Lamps, Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus, Bremen

More or less……

…..while 3 of the 5 have a direct connection to Bauhaus, 5 of the 5 are very much in the spirit of the attempts of inter-War architects and designers to reform architecture and design, to establish a new architecture and design for the new society, attempts in which Bauhaus played an important role.

And for those seeking escape from Dessau and Weimar, figuratively not physically, we refer you to our more general 5 New Architecture & Design Exhibitions for May 2019 recommendations….

5 New Architecture & Design Exhibitions for May 2019 - Bauhaus Special

The first metaphors may, or may not, have been animal based, but materials are just as adaptable. And few are as adaptable as glass. The Glass Ceiling as the impenetrable, yet invisible boundary. The Heart of Glass as a state of extreme emotional weakness. Yet when most people use glass as a metaphor they are using in itself as a metaphor, for transparency.

With the exhibition Welt aus Glas. Transparentes Design the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus Bremen abstract that metaphor to explore the link between transparency in design and architecture, and transparency in society.

Welt aus Glas. Transparentes Design at the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus Bremen

The donkey, dog, cat and cockerel featured in the Brothers Grimm’s retelling of the traditional folktale Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten never made to it to Bremen, never worked as musicians, and thus never enriched the cultural heritage of the Hansa port.

But would any of the Hochschule für Künste Bremen’s 2017 Integrated Design graduates augment the city’s long history?

Would any rise to the post of Bremer Stadtkreativen……?

Hochschule für Künste Bremen (Photo Hochschule für Künste Bremen)

With the exhibition Stapeln. Ein Prinzip der Moderne the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus in Bremen celebrate the complex diversity of one of design’s simplest principles …. Stacking.

Stackable Chairs, as seen at Stapeln. Ein Prinzip der Moderne at the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus Bremen

Normally October is all about design festivals, October 2015 wasn’t. On the one hand we weren’t at that many this

WA 24 Bauhaus Lamp by Wilhelm Wagenfeld Tecnolumen

The WA 24 table lamp by Wilhelm Wagenfeld is without question one of the most instantly recognisable pieces of Bauhaus

May may have been slow in the past. May. For aside from DMY Berlin, Fritz Haller in Basel, Niek van

Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus Bremen

“The purpose of an object is of secondary importance” claimed the German designer and artist Wilhelm Wagenfeld, “the use however

Pascal Howe VDI 2860 at the DMY Design Gallery Berlin Music

Standing in the shadow of his gargantuan lamp, “The Worker”, Pascal Howe is well aware of how easily his work

Create with Aarhus at the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus, Bremen

Although these days talk of necessary redevelopment, renewal, reinvention and change of function in Bremen is often undertaken in context

Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft Cologne Ex Libris Ex Loco with Volkwin Marg and Hartmut Frank

On September 3rd the Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft Cologne present the latest edition of their Ex Libris series. This time Ex

With over 100 members of the public getting in touch and 59 fake Wilhelm Wagenfeld WG 24 lamps being exchanged

no fake tecnolumen

Irritating as they are, forgers are rarely daft. You only very occasionally find one purveying, for example, fake Billy Ray

While we are in Milan enriching the good and fair minded hoteliers of the north-Italian Metropolis; life here in Germany