The Bauhaus weaves

IMG_5122   The Bauhaus Weaves: the textile workshop at the Bauhaus

A photograph of a young Bauhaus textile student, shot through the loom; the flatness of the subject-matter matches the 2D poster itself. Note the extreme contrast between the scale of the photograph and the tiny lettering and note how the yellow lettering stands out from the blue-grey photograph. The poster was for an exhibition in 1999 at the Bauhaus museum in Weimar.

Das Bauhaus Webt – die Textilwerkstatt am Bauhaus

Workshop of Modernism


Bauhaus Dessau – Workshop of Modernism

A simple eye-catching design, using a student photograph and large Futura type. Futura was designed in the mid-1920s by Paul Renner and has all the properties of Bauhaus functionalism: it’s geometric, modular, minimalist, and it even resembles Marcel Breuer’s tubular steel chairs.

No designer or photographer credits, but the poster was for the Bauhaus Dessau in 2007.

Bauhaus Dessau – Werkstatt der Moderne

Wassili chair


This startling 1926 photograph shows the B3 club chair, the Wassili chair by Marcel Breuer, named after Bauhaus professor Wassili Kandinsky. Both Breuer and Kandinsky were Bauhaus teachers. The chair was a product of functionalist thinking about design, inspired by Breuer’s bicycle.

The photograph was shot by Bauhaus student Erich Consemüller and shows a woman, who is either Bauhaus weaving graduate Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius, wife of Director Walter Gropius. She is wearing a skirt designed by Beyer and a theatre mask by Bauhaus teacher Oscar Schlemmer.

The poster celebrates the Bauhaus Dessau where all this happened.

Bauhaus City

                                   Collage: Tobias Steinert

A photomontage by Cyan designer Tobias Steinert, representing the city of Dessau where the Bauhaus was located. Its style recalls the experimental art of the 1920s German Dada artists. The poster was for the Bauhaus Dessau in 2009


Bauhaus sport

The photograph was made in 1928 by the young Bauhaus student Lux Feininger, son of the Bauhaus professor Lyonel Feininger. His brother Andreas, who later achieved fame as a photographer in the US, had also been a student there. It was a family affair.

The photograph shows an athlete and a soccer player colliding in a sort of dance. The low angle and graphic shapes mark this as an example of The New Photography which was pioneered at the school. The brand new dormitory building at Dessau is in the background.

The poster was for the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin.