“Wherever I go I make others feel good, and by doing this, I create life. I am a sting, and a dangerous instrument!” –Walter Gropius
The lights of the Bauhaus school come on in 1919, illuminating a visionary modernist architect’s pattern of thought.
“Let us together create the new building of the future, which will be everything in one form: architecture and sculpture and painting.” –Walter Gropius
The Nazis shutter the Bauhaus school in 1933, but the pattern of thought escapes to transform modern art, design, and habitat for a hundred years…so far.
“Our guiding principle was that design is neither an intellectual nor a material affair, but simply an integral part of the stuff of life, necessary for everyone in a civilized society.” –Walter Gropius
On the occasion of the Bauhaus Centennial, this is dedicated to a pattern of thought as radiant in 2019 as in 1919.
“Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” –Frank Lloyd Wright
The Bauhaus ideal in a nutshell: When an artifact serves its human function as efficiently as a nutshell serves nature’s, its form is the state of the art.
“Confusion comes from trying to amalgamate several conflicting ideas.” –Eero Saarinen
Postmodernist thought deconstructs modernism’s grand design through the 20th century, and then itself fades out…yet the nut survives.
“I am as much interested in the smallest detail as in the whole structure.” –Marcel Breuer
Considering society’s stroboscopic rate of change since 1919, any enduring aesthetic rates top honors.
“What finally is beauty? Certainly nothing that can be calculated or measured. It is always something imponderable, something that lies between things.” –Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Thus we salute the visionaries who turn on the lights, with forms that function to keep them on.
“Only work which is the product of inner compulsion can have spiritual meaning.” –Walter Gropius
Laughsaver floats all boats on humor’s way to life’s sweet spot!
“The only journey is the one within.” –Rainer Maria Rilke
Departure and Arrival are simultaneous.
“Life is a voyage.” –Victor Hugo
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