Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Bauhaus...simple perfection

 There are no doubt as many ways to approach a creative endeavor as there are outcomes.  One way is to approach it like a sculptor might approach a slab of marble....carve away what isn't in order to reveal what is.  I can imagine Michelangelo working in this way.
Another way is to begin with an idea which is perfect in it's simplicity and slowly design around it until it becomes....better.  Arguably Steve Job's approach to technology design.
Then there is Bauhaus....bridging the gap between art and industry, mass produced using a minimum of material, an absence of ornamentation...simple perfection.
 The most influential movement of avant-garde art, design and architecture of the 20th century, the Bauhaus objective was to unify art, craft and technology.

 Obviously, the subject of Bauhaus requires a week of it's own (or really much more), but to get you started here are a few of the heroes of Bauhaus whom you may recognize...Joseph Albers, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

 "I want to imbue others with my delight in the endless possibilities for new color experiences"  Josef Albers

 "God is in the details"  Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

I have found examples of Bauhaus influence on fashion, jewelry, graphic design, and of course interior design...all of which will be shared when we offer Bauhaus as a muse of the week.
What's your opinion of Bauhaus?  Did anyone see the MoMA exhibit on Bauhaus?

Have a beautiful day.

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