Vintage Bauhaus Furniture

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2015-06-26 10:31:09

Vintage Bauhaus Furniture is original 20th century furniture created by artists from the German Bauhaus design school.

History & Description

The Bauhaus was a design school based in Germany that made significant contributions to early-twentieth century furniture design.

The school was founded by architect, Walter Gropius, and quickly established itself as one of Europe’s leading centres in Modernist architectural and artistic designs. Although the school was primarily associated with art, interior design, topography, architecture and graphic design, it also helped to establish the streamlined look of modern furniture.

Bauhaus furniture is characterised by its simplicity and angularity and its use of materials such as bent wood, leather, plastic and steel frames. These mass-produced materials reduced the need for upholstery or handcrafting, which reduced production costs and thus made the furniture more affordable.

Some of the most recognisable and celebrated early-twentieth century furniture was designed by members associated with the Bauhaus School, such as Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair, designed in 1925, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair.

Guide for collectors

The definition of Bauhaus furniture is quite ambiguous. However, as a general rule, the piece needs to have been designed and manufactured from the school’s formation in 1919 to the early-1930s, when it closed due to pressure from the Nazi regime.

Notable auction sales

On April 26th 2012 at Phillips de Pury & Co. in New York, a rare Tugendhat coffee table, made by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, circa 1929-1931, realised a price of $180,000.

On December 13th 2007 at Phillips de Pury & Co., a unique console table, made by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, circa 1931, realised a price of $95,000.

On May 24th 2007 at Phillips de Pury & Co., a Sitzmaschine Chair, made by Marcel Breuer, circa 1928-1929, realised a price of $45,000.

On December 8th 2005 at Phillips de Pury & Co., a Wassily Chair, made by Marcel Breuer, circa 1927-1929, realised a price of 28,000.

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