The Bold and the Bauhaus – celebrating 100 years of designs’ most influential movement
From the Marie Kondo decluttering craze to Ikea’s staple focus on functionality – almost every single modernist design concept can link its roots to the Bauhaus movement. For a hundred years, the Bauhaus has lived and thrived as an icon in the design community.
Bauhaus is a 20th century modern arts, crafts and design school in Germany that boomed into a major cultural movement.
The founder of Bauhaus was Walter Gropius, a Prussian architect who hoped his experimental school would “bring together all creative effort into one whole, to reunify all the disciplines of practical art — sculpture, painting, handicrafts, and crafts — as inseparable components of a new architecture.”
Gropius’ vision was definitely a success, setting in motion a modern current that still influences all spheres of design.
A century later, much of what we adulate in design – “mod” furniture, open floor plans, functional design, sharp angles, cubic shapes, simple and organised space – were grassroots ideologies that formed the basis of the Bauhaus vision for human environments.
It’s difficult to imagine a world without the monumentous impact of Bauhaus. It’s awe-inspiring to see how great design and bold action from artists and designers can so strongly shape smarter living for future generations. May the Bauhaus legacy continue to thrive and to inspire the artist in us all!
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