How the Bauhaus movement influenced architecture in SA
The most influential design school of the last century is celebrating its centenary around the world - Graham Wood considers its legacy on home shores
Open any décor or design magazine and you'll find approving descriptions using these words: sleek, clean-lined, uncluttered, open-plan ... They're the essence of what it means to be modern, even now, as the Bauhaus celebrates its centenary.
The Bauhaus - directly translated, Building House - was an idiosyncratic German arts and design school launched 100 years ago in Weimar, in the wake of WWI. It didn't last long. Fourteen years and three moves later it was gone, closed under pressure from the Nazis. But in that time, it spawned the single most influential design movement of the 20th century, and still retains an iron grip on ideas of what good design is. ..