What makes the Bauhaus movement timeless?

The Bauhaus Movement John F. Eilermann Jr.

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Art and design movements seem to fizzle out after a few decades. However, there are some that remain significant to this day. The Bauhaus style that started in 1919 continues to be followed by the current generation of architects. Here are some key ideas to remember about this approach. John F. Eilermann Jr.

For today’s design student, when the word Bauhaus comes up, they often think about furniture such as the Wassily Chair, Barcelona Chair, or the Brno Chair. Architecture students, on the other hand, look to the Bauhaus School building in Dessau designed by Walter Gropius. These iconic examples show craftsmanship and creativity can be combined to make everyday objects and structures more useful. John F. Eilermann Jr.

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Understanding necessity

The work of many Bauhaus designers, artists, and architects became iconic because they transformed the things that seemed ordinary to people. With their understanding of human necessities, they were able to improve common items from teapots to telephones. Designing with purpose and productivity for the user is the mantra. From the very beginning, the school of design tried to create with the user’s experience in mind. This challenged designers to use their techniques to create something that’s practical. John F. Eilermann Jr.


Bauhaus designs, despite prioritizing technique and craftsmanship can never be considered flashy. The school’s back to basics approach led designers to use only what is necessary for their works. Coming from a minimalistic point of view, Bauhaus used only what is needed to make something work—nothing more, nothing less. This brought out the uniqueness and the timelessness in the designs. John F. Eilermann Jr.

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