Tuesday, December 10, 2013
You may be one of the many people who have seen Bauhaus designs - a poster, a furniture piece or even architecture, and thought it to be good old modern minimalist design. Established in 1919, in pre-war Germany, Bauhaus is a school of design founded by architect, Walter Gropius. Since then, it has inspired many design disciplines, including but not limited to architecture, interiors and furniture design.
While the Bauhaus style is already near a century old, the iconic designs are still relevant and on trend. In fact, new houses that are being built around the metro today have distinct Bauhaus influences. The Bauhaus philosophy strives to achieve architecture in the purest form without any decoration. Structures are usually in the forms of cubes and rectangles, with flat roofs and smooth facades devoid of any decorative detail.
One of the proponents of the Bauhaus style, Mies van der Rohe, is known for the popular adage, 'Less is more'. This principle is evident in modern interior spaces. The trademark of Bauhaus interior design is an open floor plan. Usually incorporated in modern living, dining and kitchen spaces, there is a free flow between the different spaces. The lack of ornamentation is also seen. There are no moldings and cabinetry details, and colors are kept neutral.
The Bauhaus school of design also has huge influences in furniture design. The lack of decoration and keen attention to functionality are telling features. Leather and steel are the usual materials used. Over time, several pieces have become iconic and valuable, for example, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair and Le Corbusier’s Siege Grand Comfort.
While many are not Bauhaus-style purists, there is still a great appreciation for this design style. You can incorporate it into your home by choosing iconic furniture pieces from the era, foregoing moldings and trims, and keeping your colors neutral. To add a bit of warmth, bring in a plush carpet for texture or some plants for a touch of nature. Make the style your own by displaying personal items as décor. If you’re into art, the pared-down look of the Bauhaus style is also a great canvas to display colorful paintings. - Aislinn Kee