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Friday, Mar 12, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Witold Rybczynski
Slate (10 March 2010)

“The recent Bauhaus show at the Museum of Modern Art did not include this 1923 photograph of founder Walter Gropius’ office, but it should have. The room is a quintessentially Bauhaus idea: the total environment. The furniture, carpet, wall hanging, and even the in-out tray were all designed and built at the school. The carpet is by Gertrud Arndt, the wall hanging by Else Mögelin; Gropius himself designed the furniture, as well as the elaborate lighting system. As Reyner Banham pointed out, the table lamp (also a Bauhaus product) was not part of Gropius’ original design and was required to augment the ineffective, unshaded tubular lamps. But efficiency was never the point at the Bauhaus, which was always more about aesthetics than performance.”


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