Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus. The centenary is already attracting international attention. Modern design classics are selling fast like never before. A number of manufacturers are launching new re-editions of products from the Bauhaus workshops to mark the anniversary.
Founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, the Bauhaus still continues to influence interior design and architecture today with its principles of clear and functional form. The school’s workshop masters taught alongside well-known artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee as Formmeister, or masters of form. They would later be joined by outstanding Bauhaus graduates as junior masters. As one of the first design schools, the Bauhaus played a unique role in the history of architecture and design in the 20th century. Although the legendary workshops only remained in existence for just 14 years, they produced many hugely popular design classics. And these products continue to be commercial hits in the 21st century.
After the Bauhaus moved to the up-and-coming industrial city of Dessau in 1925, its teachers and students found an ideal environment to develop and produce their designs for industrial production. It is here that classics that are still famous around the world today were created. They include Marcel Breuer’s tubular steel furniture and Wilhelm Wagenfeld’s iconic table lamp with a round lampshade in white opaque glass, produced by Tecnolumen. Bauhaus ideas lived on after the school’s closure through the international networks formed by its teachers and students, and their influence can still be felt in the present day.
But Bauhaus teachers and students are not the only representatives of classical modernism whose works are fetching staggering prices in auctions or are on sale as authorised re-editions. Designs by Irish interior architect and designer Eileen Gray from the 1920s and 30s are manufactured and sold by Classicon under licence. Italian furniture-maker Cassina holds the exclusive right to produce furniture by French architect Le Corbusier, including his chairs and sofas that paired tubular steel with leather upholstery. Sadly, many poor-quality replicas of copyright-protected modern icons can be found on the market. Buyers are advised to steer clear of special offers at prices considerably lower than the licensed manufacturers.
It’s possible today to furnish homes with Bauhaus designs and classical modernist pieces right down to the smallest detail, starting with the Bauhaus R371 door handle (Jatec) and continuing with the S 32 cantilever chair designed by Marcel Breuer and still one of Thonet’s top sellers today, all the way through to the M10 foldable wooden dining table on rolling wheels from Tecta. Rasch and Sikkens have joined forces in the run-up to the Bauhaus centenary to develop a new concept: the Bauhaus Textured Wallpaper + Paint collection („Bauhaus Tapete Struktur + Farbe“).
The wall system is made up of 42 paintable wallpapers with textures, lines and patterns, and a colour concept with 72 shades. All the elements can be freely combined with each other and create a coherent, distinguished look – Bauhaus style to a T. Another anniversary exclusive is the new carpet series by Christopher Farr Editions with modern designs from the weaving mill. With products like these, interiors can be furnished with original Bauhaus pieces from floor to ceiling.