Our famous designers series continues today with the celebration of the founder of Bauhaus school, Walter Gropius. His passion, determination and vision created and sustained the great Bauhaus school for 14 years.
Born in Berlin on 18 May 1883, Walter became an architect so he can take the family’s tradition further. In 1908 he started working for Peter Behrens, one of the first members of the utilitarian school, where he meat Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, and Dietrich Marcks. Before World War I started, Walter’s activities included industrial building works, trying to discuss about providing healthful conditions for the working class in Germany.
In 1919, Walter Gropius was named master of the Grand-Ducal Saxon School of Arts and Crafts in Weimar, the place where he foundedBauhaus. Since then, for 14 years, his main focus was to manage the school, make a united community between the lecturers and students, financially sustain the school and maybe even generate some profit. Even so, Gropius got involved in many artistic projects of the school so he could use his and his colleagues renown names to promote the school and his students. One of his most famous creations from that time is his door handles designs.
This month, we went at Barbican Centre in London to see an exhibition about Bauhaus. Walter Gropius’ influence was easily noticeable in every activity of the school and in how a friendly but professional atmosphere unravelled in his time. What impressed us about how he managed the Bauhaus is the way he combined his views about design with ones of other famous and talented artists to make a clear, logical and evolutionary-focused curricula for the school. He started with the study of materials, colours and then slowly moved to more creative sculptures and collages, keeping all in one style, one vision.
If you haven’t visited the Bauhaus exhibition in London, we warmly recommend it! It is an inspiration for thoughtful and innovative design.