Thursday June 4, 2020

The Bauhaus always wins

With stark lines and elegant utilitarianism, Walter Gropius’s unified design movement still shapes the form of things today

3rd February, 2019
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Wassily chairs, originally designed in 1925 by Marcel Breuer (€600-€1,000)

The history of architecture and design is studded with great new ideas.

Think of the pyramids, the glories of ancient Greece and Rome – when Palladio rediscovered them he set the built template for centuries. The 19th century saw a revival of medieval Gothic, and then in 1919 Walter Gropius was appointed head of a small art and design school in Germany.

Rather than harking back to the past, he envisaged a brave new way of...

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