Until it was closed by the Nazi Party in 1933, the Bauhaus championed a radical approach to object and furniture design — utilizing unadorned geometric forms and industrial materials — that feels every bit as fresh and relevant today. Many of its talents went on to become icons in the U.S., including Mies van der Rohe, Josef and Anni Albers, and Marcel Breuer. (Fun fact: the first woman to study metalworking there, Marianne Brandt — who went on to run the metal studio — created one of Tetra's most popular ashtrays.)
Here are a few of our favorite objects and interiors created by the school's designers.
Cradle by Peter Keler, 1922
Bauhaus furniture by Marcel Breuer and Bruno Weil. Copyright MODERN XX/ Galerie Modern Design Berlin
Fruit bowl by Josef Albers, 1923
Chess set by Josef Hartwig, 1924
A Bauhaus interior featuring chairs designed by Marcel Breuer
House of Dr. Rabe (1930-31) by Adolf Rading, with interior decorations by Oskar Schlemmer