Bauhaus 100

Welcome back to the Creative Awards London blog where we bring you the very best in our custom made awards and trophies. Now, what is 2019? Well, firstly it's a year that comes before 2020 and after 2018. Aside from how it chronologically fits into the flow of time it also happens to be the centenary year of the famous Bauhaus design movement. 

What was the Bauhaus?

Bauhaus LogoThe Bauhaus was founded in Weimar in 1919 by Walter Gropious with the concept of creating a "total" work of art (Gesamtkunstwerk) in which all arts, including architecture, would eventually be unified and brought together. The Bauhaus style later would develop into one of the most influential currents in modern design expanding its influence to modernist architecture, art, design and the subsequent approach to architectural education. The Bauhaus had a deep influence upon developments in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography. Lasting little over 10 years, the schools were closed in 1933 under pressure from the then government. Despite it's decade and a half of work the school has gone on to influence many schools, trends and designs across the World. 

Some of the best known representatives of the Bauhaus include Lyonel Feininger, László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Gropius, Oskar Schlemmer, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Gerhard Marcks, and German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Why was Bauhaus important?

Bauhaus chairsThe Bauhaus movements' style far outlived its fleeting existence. The school pioneered the idea of bringing many different disciplines together resulting in the bridging of the gap between art and industry, craft and design leaving a lasting impact on the concept of design both throughout the 20th century and early into the 21st century. 

The Bauhaus in every day life?

Modern Bauhaus home How is The Bauhaus present in our daily lives? Well, what once was avant-garde, new and progressive has become the norm within not only our approach to design, our concept of what an artist and designer is, but also within the day-to-day World we inhabit. Given that many of the designs and the initial concepts are a hundred years old they both still feel contemporary, modern and challenging. And by becoming ubiquitous, it has disappeared - into the decor of our daily lives.

Famous examples of Bauhaus design?

Bauhaus chess boardThe Bauhaus was a new approach to design that broke down the boundaries between artist and designer. The concept eschewed the separation of the disciplines to build a coherent narrative that would become something much more than the sum of its parts. Its style can be found in objects, typography, architecture and more. We've chosen a few of our favourite designs throughout this blog.