Alison Margaret Gill Smithson
Sheffield, United Kingdom, 1928 · 1993
House of the Future
Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition at the Olympia Hall in West London, United Kingdom
It was exhibited as the prototype of the suburban house that would be built 25 years later and it highlighted the trust in technology in the 1950s. The house was a utopic project designed to be pre-manufactured in the line of car industry products.
Anneliese (Anni) Fleischmann Albers
Charlottenburg (Berlin), Germany, 1899 · Orange (Connecticut), USA, 1994
Free-Hanging Room Divider
MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA
This object is one of Albers-Fleischmann’s most experimental artefacts. Industrial textile production and abstract art are merged to form a functional furniture where the minimalist supporting structure and raw materials of the fabric provide aesthetic qualities.
Berlin, Germany, 1885 · 1947
Thonet Small Armchair
Produced by Thonet, Germany
The Thonet small armchair represents one of the most significant work in the fruitful career of Lilly Reich. This innovative piece of furniture epitomises Reich’s idea of interior design as a creative process in which art and technique are closely combined.
Ruth Hildegard Geyer-Raack
Nordhausen, Harz, Germany 1894 · Berlin, Germany 1975
Lady’s Living Room and Bedroom
Dame, Internationale Raumaustellung
This living room and bedroom is the perfect combination of French Art Deco and German Bauhaus School. Curtains are used to define the space and divide the room if necessary in two separate places, having the living room as a social and public space, and the bedroom as a more private place.
Margarete (Grete) Heymann Marks Löbenstein
Cologne, Germany, 1899 · London, United Kingdom, 1990
Glazed stoneware, produced by Haël Werkstätten für Künstlerische Keramik, Marwitz, Germany
The tea set, emblematic of a new Modernist language in mass produced objects, is the most iconic piece designed by Margarete Heymann (former Löbenstein and Marks), a German ceramic artist who trained at the Bauhaus, and manufactured by Haël Werkstätten, the factory she founded in 1923.
Sylvia Gatt Stave
Växjö, Sweden, 1908 · Paris, France, 1994
Produced by C.G. Hallbergs Guldsmedsaktiebolag, Stockholm
This object is a significant example of the modern design that flowered between the two World Wars. Strongly influenced by the Bauhaus movement, Stave’s cocktail shaker represents a unicum of its kind.
Marianne Liebe Brandt
Chemnitz, Germany, 1893 · Kirchberg, Germany, 1983
Ashtray with Cigarette Holder
Produced by the Bauhaus Metal Workshop, Weimar
Bauhaus Archive – Museum of Design, Berlin
Liebe Brandt’s ashtray is one of the first objects produced at the Bauhaus’ metal workshop, where she was the only woman to have ever worked putting into practice the Bauhaus Weimar methodology of simplifying the design process for future mass-production.
Alma Buscher Siedhoff
Kreuztal, Germany, 1899 · Buchschlag, Germany, 1944
Toy Closet for the House am Horn Children’s-Room
Produced by the Bauhaus Woodcarving Workshop, Weimar
Klassik Stiftung, Bauhaus-Museum, Weimar
This toy closet is considered the first true demonstration of the Bauhaus’s modernist principles in furniture construction and epitomises Buscher’s belief in the potential of design-for-children to effect change in society at large.
Adelgunde (Gunta) Stölzl
Munich, Germany, 1897 · Küsnacht, Switzerland, 1983
Produced by the Bauhaus Weaving Workshop, Weimar
Bauhaus-Archiv Museum, Berlin
This pillowcase epitomises Stölzl’s experimentation in designing aesthetically modern and functional daily life homeware textiles, characterised by raw materials and abstract patterns of multiple colours.