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
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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