Craft Becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (Ed.)
by Regina Bittner und Renée Padt
With texts by Gerda Breuer, T’ai Smith, Éva Forgács, John Maciuika, Rafael Cardoso, Julia BryanWilson, Formafantasma, Sara Ouhaddou, Workshop, Dirk Vander Kooij, Álvaro Catalán de Ocón u.a.
With all the hammering, planing, sawing, and weaving, the workshops at the Bauhaus Dessau must have been quite loud and dusty. The publication Craft Becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making looks at the Bauhaus from the perspective of handcraft. No term was more fiercely disputed there. The workshops were transit spaces: between factory and craft business, between free experiments and industrial contract work. From this field of tension, the Bauhaus tried to define handcraft anew as a utopia, but also in coexistence with industrial culture. Contemporary design theorists and practitioners position themselves regarding how current these debates once again are today and provide new insights for understanding handcraft in the 21st century.
Edition Bauhaus 51
2017, Kerber Verlag
252 pp, colored and b/w ills., hardcover
English and German
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Craft Becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making, video (July 17, 2017)
The New Typography produced a number of important graphic designers in Germany, including Willi Baumeister and Kurt Schwitters. In adverts, posters, book and magazine covers, and letterheads, they aimed to optimise readability and standardise typefaces.
Architects, artists, graphic designers, craftsmen and textile and theatre designers: they all came together at the Bauhaus to design for a new world. In doing so, they pursued the principle that all learning, experimentation, invention and work had to be collective.