This Is the Bauhaus! 50 Questions – 50 Answers
Halina Kirschner (illustrations), Gesine Bahr (author)
What is “the Bauhaus”? Why did this arts school have such a huge influence on design, architecture and modern life? Fifty incisive answers discuss the characters of the Bauhaus – those devoted to self-sufficiency, the visionaries, the fanatics of experimentation, and the party animals. They talk of trailblazing architecture and unbeatable design, and how the Bauhaus continued to develop in Germany, Israel and the USA. This intelligent and humorous statistical analysis provides insights into all the important numbers related to the Bauhaus, from courting couples to the bestselling products.
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