Sunday
Oct282012

Bauhaus Museum Visit - Berlin

During a recent visit to Berlin, I spent an afternoon at the Bauhaus museum.

Walter Gropious and the Bauhaus school he ran helped shape the modern world we live in. As a student I researched and wrote at length about Modernist Design and Architecture, however in recent years my admiration of the modernist aesthetic has dulled. I found the overall experience a little less inspiring than I'd hoped for . Although home to an abundance of modernist furniture, products, graphic arts, plans and scale models of buildings and sculpture, the museum and contents managed to instill some reason why the vision was flawed, lifeless, cold and dark. (Maybe in my old age I'll eventually warm to Charles Jencks, maybe not...).

One of the highlights of my visit was seeing this fitted kitchen designed by Marcel Breuer in 1929, he'd designed the now iconic 'Wassily' Chair in 1925. The kitchen consisted of hand painted timber block board in a range of grey/blue tones, with nickel plated fittings and a stainless steel work top. I quite like how the plinth is painted black as it lifts the units visually, it also means any dirt or damage after cleaning will not be so obvious. 

I like the use of colour to distinguish different elements of the kitchen, although I am not convinced this notched unit to the right of the elevation is quite worth the effort that would have gone into making it. Are those top drawers easily accessible? Maybe they were like this to keep things away from small children? I'm also not too keen on the unrefined tubular steel handle on this unit, however taking into consideration that this kitchen was designed over 80 years ago, it is difficult not to be impressed.

www.bauhaus.de

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