Established in Germany on the eve of the roaring twenties, Bauhaus was a revolutionary school of art, architecture, and design, whose influence can be seen even today in modern interior aesthetics. At its inception, it was raw, real, and shocking, with a stripped back, austere style that was the antithesis of the antiquated opulence that had come before it.
Founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar, the famous Staatliches Bauhaus was a school of art operational from 1919 through to 1933. Later to become one of the most influential currents in modern design, the style that it popularised influenced developments in art, architecture, interiors, and more.
Its origins are interesting ones. Born on the back of World War I, the fall of the German monarchy, and the abolition of censorship, it developed at a time when the country was experiencing a radical liberalisation that was widely embraced by the arts, and Bauhaus was - unsurprisingly - heavily influenced by the ensuing cultural experimentation.
The Bauhaus style is distinctive in its pared back appearance. Working upon the principle that form and function should be one and the same and that design should meet the needs of society, it is characterised by geometric shapes, monochrome shadings and primary colours. We see in it an absence of ornamentation and a harmony between the function of objects and their design. Furnishings are simple and practical, made in the style of mass-produced products with an individual twist, while interiors often utilise industrial materials such as poured concrete and exposed steel.
The distinctive Bauhaus style had a number of key influences, including the work of 19th century English designer William Morris. His argument that art should meet the needs of society spoke to them at a time when the political and cultural scene were in a state of flux, as did his interlinked idea that there should be no distinction between form and function.
Even more important to its development was modernism, the cultural movement whose origins date back to the 1880s. This had taken root in Germany even before the war, and would soon come to be epitomised in the Bauhaus style.
Tips and Tricks
Creating a Bauhaus style bathroom is best achieved through the following tips and tricks:
Industrial interiors - Take your aesthetic inspiration from industrial interiors: think exposed metalwork, bare bricks, and minimal furnishings.
Simplicity - The Bauhaus school of interiors epitomises simplicity and functionality, and your furnishings and aesthetic must do the same. Aim to create a clear, concise appearance with balanced proportions and minimal embellishment.
Bold ceramics - Toilets and bidets should be styled according to Bauhaus’ modernist influence: think bold shapes, strong, angular lines, and light colours.
Strong shapes - Furnishings should be freestanding and simple, yet stand out. You want to look for clear-cut, streamlined shapes in every accessory.
Tactile textures - Floors and walls should be a little rough around the edges, with plain tiles and exposed brickwork expected. Metal and glass should also be incorporated.
Monochromatic colours - Think very carefully about your colour scheme. It needs to be simple, straightforward, and harmonious, with a metallic hint here and there to hark back to its industrial origins.
Follow these tips to get the most contemporarily cool style with just a touch of vintage vivacity.
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