Design 02 Jul 2024 3 MIN

Bauhaus is back in our homes

Except it never left

Of all the design movements of eras past, few have been as quietly impactful as Bauhaus, the pre-War German art school that was revolutionary for its focus on functional design. The art movement may be a century old, but its bold colours, free-wheeling geometry, steely tubular designs, and all-round functionalism make it a coveted piece of design history even today.   
Designers seem to know this better than anyone else; intentionally or not, Bauhausian colours and contours are back in a big way, reimagined for the contemporary context. Knoll recently reintroduced its iconic collection of Bauhaus chairs through a campaign by Adam Jason Cohen shot at a skate park—and to be fair, it helped educate us on how Bauhausian skate parks actually are.  

Shunning ornamentation for a simple, clean-line aesthetic, the no-frills Bauhaus has become a modern-day home staple without even trying. “The Bauhaus [art movement] championed the idea that everyday products could be designed with utility and aesthetics in mind, breaking down the barriers between fine arts and practical design,” shares SPIN founder Avenish Jain, who recently unveiled a tableware collection inspired by the art movement. “It aligns well with the evolving modern Indian lifestyle, which values practicality, aesthetics, and the desired playfulness.” SPIN’s latest collection is part of our curation of contemporary design objects that prove the spirit of Bauhaus is alive and well in the world. Scroll on to see more geometry-minded decor pieces that will add a pop of colour to, and logically fit into, any modern home.


Arch Console by The Edit

The Edit’s Arch Console is an elegant interplay of built form and empty space, in a manner that is quintessentially Bauhausian.

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Bauhaus Dining Collection by SPIN

SPIN's latest collection of tableware blends the geometric motifs of Bauhaus with bold Indian colour.


Mondrian Coasters by the MoMA Design Store

These coasters from the MoMA store are a great way to bring home artwork by Piet Mondrian, whose work is strongly linked to the Bauhaus school. 

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Wavelength Light by Arjun Rathi Design

Arjun Rathi’s collection of Bauhaus lighting objects merges functionality with a sleek, futuristic form. 

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Rectangular Romance by Cocoon Rugs

Cocoon Rugs reimagines the whimsical geometry of Bauhaus in hand-carded wool with natural, handspun silk details.

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Opto Folding Screen by Lorenz+Kaz

Lorenz+Kaz reinterprets the work of Bauhaus painter Lazlo Moholy-Naghy in this irregular screen made of wood and laser-cut metal.

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Capitel Accent Table by Thot x D'Lab

The bold, playful silhouette of the Capitel Accent Table is a contemporary nod to the visionary design language of Bauhaus.

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An icon from the early ’80s, the industrial metal tubes of the SKÅLBODA reference a quintessential Bauhaus aesthetic. 

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Julius Lounge Table by Bob Verhelst

Part of Bob Verhelst's Sculptural Confluence series, this lounge table is in large part inspired by the art movement.

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Dawn by Sarita Handa

Though not strictly Bauhaus, these cushions from Sarita Handa’s Dawn weaves fundamental geometries with vivid textures in a contemporary Indo-Bauhausian aesthetic. 

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