Living in Bauhaus style

100 Years Bauhaus

The State Bauhaus (1919-1933) was probably the most renowned educational institution for design, art and architecture of the last century. It was founded in Weimar in 1919 by Walter Gropius. It was not until 1925 that it moved to Dessau. In 2019, it celebrates its 100th anniversary.


What is the Bauhaus style?

There is a lot of discussion about a typical Bauhaus style, although the term did not exist in this form at the national Bauhaus. No concrete style guidelines were deliberately dictated. Rather, they strove for an open culture of renewal. In particular, the products were to meet the requirements of the new modernity. This included a high degree of functionality but also industrial producibility in large quantities. For the typical Bauhaus handle by Walter Gropius, for example, semi-finished products such as drawn tubes were used. If one were to define the canon of forms known today as the Bauhaus style by a few criteria, these would be: maximum reduction to basic geometric forms and clear, straightforward objectivity. Both aspects make up the timeless but also sophisticated aesthetics of this style, which has lost none of its topicality.