From 'floating' chairs to sound-proof curtains, you can find Bauhaus-inspired designs all over the world. Here’s how to add a bit of 'Bau' to your house...
Sonneveld House, library (2019)Original Source: Het Nieuwe Instituut
Keep it minimal
Bauhaus architects were interested in creating functional, inexpensive designs. They were cheap and cheerful – perfect for student digs or decorating your flat on a budget.
Sonneveld House, youngest daughter's bedroom (2019)Original Source: Het Nieuwe Instituut
Add some patterns to the walls
Wallpaper was a hit product from the Bauhaus, with iconic patterns created by students such as Elsa Thiemann. This will definitely add a bit of Bauhaus-style to any room.
Malville apples (wallpaper design) (1930/31) by Elsa Thiemann (née Franke)Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Sonneveld House, dining room (2019)Original Source: Het Nieuwe Instituut
Get yourself a statement chair
Bauhaus student Marcel Breurer was inspired by his bicycle frame to combine steel tubing with fabric and create a new type of chair: one that was sturdy, comfortable, and innovative in its design.
Canteen stool (1926) by Marcel BreuerBauhaus Dessau Foundation
…and add a matching lamp
This lamp was designed by Wilhem Wagenfed, the leading designer for the Bauhaus. It used functional and inexpensive materials such as metal tubing and glass, which are easily found in any local hardware store.
Standard Lamp (1926) by Wilhelm Wagenfeld, designer; Metallwerkstatt des Staatlichen Bauhauses, manufacturerThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Keep the noisy neighbors out with these curtains
Sound-absorbing fabric were made by combining many different materials – great for when you want a quiet night in.
...or use your curtains as a rug
The weaving of the materials into a strong fabric meant that it could be used as curtains, a rug, a chair cover, or whatever you want!
Sound-absorbing reversible curtain (1927) by Frida Margaret LeischnerBauhaus Dessau Foundation
All this furniture won’t cost you a fortune
In the 1920s and 30s, Bauhaus designers were focused on the needs of people living in post-war poverty. Today, these inexpensive and practical designs have been mass-produced all over the world so you can add some Bauhaus-style to your own place.
Sonneveld House, living room and dining room (2019)Original Source: Het Nieuwe Instituut