While in Berlin we visited the Bauhaus Archive (twice because the first time we went just so happened to be the only day of the week it was closed!), and I found it truly inspirational for my current project. I have never previously been all that interested in the Bauhaus movement, finding it too much of a clinical dictatorship on the ideals of design with a limited scope for creativity. However it was the set of rules and guides to abide by that I found compelling while at the archive, and I discovered that because they were set in place, the artists and designers produced by the Bauhaus had a very strong design philosophy.
There were three main factors about the Bauhaus design philosophy that I picked up on.
Firstly the Kandinsky colour theory – I really like the idea of using colour only to invoke a response from the user and not purely for aesthetical reasons. The idea that if the colour has no purpose for being there then it shouldn’t be there I find really appealing and also reflects the way I work as I feel you shouldn’t need to use colour to show off your design.
Secondly there is the use of the Golden Section in all aspects of Bauhaus design pieces. I have to be honest and admit that I don’t fully understand the mathematical equation behind the golden section, but I do appreciate how it is used to create focal points in design and believe it is something I could work with on my MA. I also know it dates back to the Ancient Greeks – they do say that the old ones are the best!
Thirdly I find the Bauhaus rules on functionality really important and each rule can be clearly reflected in some of the work produced there. Although I don’t necessarily agree with all of the key features, I find the theory behind it to be a good template when beginning the basis of my own design philosophy toolkit.
The Bauhaus functionality features are:
Needless to say I found the Bauhaus Archive one of the most influential parts of my trip to Berlin, and I recommend everyone, whether you like or dislike the Bauhaus design style, to take a look at this place if you’re in Berlin. It definately made me re-think my opinion!
If your German is pretty good (or your computer translates web pages for you) check out the website Bauhaus Archive for more info or follow @BauhausCentre on Twitter to learn more about Bauhaus architecture