The Latest Collection from London’s DesignK
Perhaps the most influential modernist art movement of the 20th century, Bauhaus continues to reinvent itself in contemporary design. Its approach to teaching and understanding art’s relationship to society and technology, had a major impact on both Europe and the United States long after the school closed.
Bauhaus was shaped by the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which had been based on levelling the distinction between fine and applied arts, in order to reunite creativity with manufacturing. Although it started with a romantic medievalism at the core of its teachings, Bauhaus moved to stress the unification of art and industrial design by the 1920s – a feature that ultimately became part of its definition. Artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee were icons of the Bauhaus movement, as were architects Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and designer Marcel Breuer.
It’s been an absolute pleasure to see Bauhaus once again emerge in 2016, particularly in the UK where numerous emerging designers appeal to its minimalistic but extremely effective aesthetic in order to deliver superb new interior and homeware collections. Bauhaus is defined by its industrial charm, practically and yet artfully weaved into the design. Geometry becomes art and translates into beautifully simple objects – that is the core of the movement itself.
Objects Meet Bauhaus is the new collection of ceramics by London-based DesignK. The firm’s founder and lead designer, Byung Kim, constantly explores to bring tradition into modern styles, with small, handcrafted batches of products of which every piece is a limited edition. Objects Meet Bauhaus consists of superb ceramic items, including cups, saucers, sugar and milk dispensers, as well as other accessories.
The colour palette is primordial and simple, but intense and with a rich personality, further defined by the minimalist, geometrical forms and shapes that are precisely combined to deliver a tableware depiction of Oskar Schlemmer’s ‘Triadisches Ballett’. The products offer a timeless charm and vibrant character, reminiscent of the early Bauhaus period of the 1920s, when industrial applications of art reshaped the global form of design.
Some of the items in this beautiful homeware collection have already sold out, but most are still available to purchase online. Don’t miss out and start your own personalised tea & coffee set with the multiple form and colour options of Objects Meet Bauhaus – we’re particularly fond of the straws and the Geometry tea pots, in both colour and pattern models.