Timeless and simplistic, Bauhaus has been a significant and celebrated design style for over a century. Still as relevant and fresh today, Bauhaus is undergoing a revival – let’s explore its origin and the evolving impact on modern interiors!
The Bauhaus, founded in 1919 by German Architect, Walter Gropius, was a ground-breaking art and design school. Created to challenge the ever changing material and industrial world by unifying all arts and nurturing a craft-based curriculum. The result was a radical institution, successful in merging fine arts, architecture, and design, and further generating a Movement that has continued for more than 100 years.
The Bauhaus movement champions a mixture of materials in their raw forms, bright pops of primary colours, combined with abstract, geometric forms and shapes. This aesthetic continues to be relevant and adaptable to modern interiors, inspiring designers, and artists around the world with its fundamental principles and influential, yet unique characteristics.
Bauhaus style honours a simplistic and minimal approach to interior spaces. Opting for cohesion, maintaining function, and keeping focus on paring back the space and reducing unnecessary decoration.
Over the past few years during the pandemic, we have all been navigating new relationships with our homes and workspaces. Spending high volumes of time within these environments has triggered a fresh take on how we design for residential homes. This shift has led to interior spaces promoting function and form over clutter and decoration, curating optimistic, yet minimal zones and bringing together old with new, traditional with modern, and all the while solidifying the Bauhaus revival style as a transformative new age for design.
Bold, strong and attention grabbing, Red is the colour of the Bauhaus movement. This rich and vibrant colour is featured predominantly throughout Bauhaus style spaces, along with the other primary hues.
Colour blocking and incorporating selective pops of colours are also making a strong comeback. Adorning walls, lights, furniture, art, basically anything that will make a room pop, all whilst complimenting the richness of the surrounding materiality and forms. Infusing a space with colour, bringing the room to life – Bauhaus is all about embracing the simplicity of colour, and recognising the impact of its inclusion.
With focus on geometric forms, and an emphasis on highlighting the material and texture, Bauhaus interiors and furniture sits in a class of its own. An array of famous designers and iconic furniture pieces have come from the original Bauhaus school, influencing a whole design sector for years to come.
Bauhaus style furniture tends to flow throughout a space in a streamline manner. Sleek chairs, glass tables, minimal décor, and abstract lighting – the interior spaces inspired by Bauhaus style all reflect the core tenets of this movement and contribute to complimenting the robust materiality featured within these pieces. Exploring tubular metal structures, raw wood, rustic leather upholstery, glass, acrylic, chrome, and concrete; the style personifies the perfect blend of old meets new, man-made meets nature – all to create a harmonious yet diverse interior environment.