A Bauhaus-lover’s dream

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Vidula Kotian

Who can resist this 100-year-old movement’s simple utilitarian design? In Shoreditch, Sir Terence Conran was no different. His hotel Boundary is a celebration of design where each of the 12 rooms has been decorated according to a different design movement or designer such as the Bauhaus room (above) where a Wassily Kandinsky-pop of color serves as a rich backdrop to iconic furniture such as the B33 chair (1927) by Marcel Breuer and WG24 lamp (1924) by Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Bauhaus contemporary Eileen Gray’s room with its white leather Bibendum chair (1926) and Blue Marine headboard (1926) is a modernist’s dream come true.

The Qvest (above) in Cologne is filled with owner Michael Kaune’s personal collection of furniture and photographs, making the spaces a veritable design museum. The collection, which is also available for purchase online, includes Harry Bertoia’s Diamond chair (1952), Charles and Ray Eames’ Walnut Stool (1960), and Achille und Pier Giacomo Castiglioni’s Toio floor lamp (1962). Marcel Breuer’s revolutionary Cesca chair (1928), pictured below at The Robey, was one of the first mass produced chairs and embodies the spirit of Bauhaus. The chair marries traditional craftsmanship with industrial methods and materials that helped make tubular steel furniture an international sensation and a modern institution.

At Domaine des Andeols in Provence, each of the property’s 19 villas is inspired by an artwork, color, or theme. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, daybed, and stool help infuse a certain mysticism to the milky world of peace in the white house (below). The furniture series was designed for the German Pavilion at the Barcelona Industrial Exposition of 1929 to offer the King and Queen of Spain a place to rest (they, in fact, never sat down). The Barcelona Pavilion and the chairs it contained are universally recognized as milestones of modern design.

Here are a few of noteworthy exhibitions celebrating 100 years of Bauhaus towards the end of 2019: a new Bauhaus museum in Dessau, September; the Triennale der Moderne with special events over three weekends in Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin, starting September; Beyond Bauhaus and its influence on British architecture in London, October; and lastly, Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism in Phnom Penh, Jakarta, Yangon, and Singapore, starting October. 

Friday, August 16th, 2019