Congratulations Bauhaus

This year, it will be 90 years since the young German architect Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus art and crafts school in Weimar, Germany. The intention was to eliminate the boundaries between art, architecture and crafts. To unite all artistic disciplines required for building and decorating a house under one roof, as well as to create a new style that was up-to-date with the times. “Architects, painters, sculptors, we must all return to crafts” was his short, but powerful manifesto, with the school’s style becoming a functional, geometric language without decorative frills. At the start of the 1930s this teaching was questioned by the Nazis and the situation eventually became so threatening that the school’s last headmaster, architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, closed the doors in August 1933. His steel-pipe furniture became some of the Bauhaus school’s best known and most characteristic works, many of which are still manufactured today.