2019 sees the centenary of the famous Bauhaus art and design school, founded in Weimar, Germany, in 1919 by architect Walter Gropius. To mark the anniversary, events will be hosted by museums and galleries all around the world. But how about taking it one step further? With this new, Bauhaus-inspired collection by Murals Wallpaper you can celebrate this iconic look in your own home in a big way – literally.
The six mural designs feature the graphic, asymmetric shapes of original Bauhaus exhibition posters, with their bold overlapping elements rendered on a large scale to cover an entire wall. (Don’t worry, the wallpaper actually comes in panels on a roll, similar to normal wallpaper. So you’re not trying to paste up an enormous sheet in one go).
Along with modern references to classic Bauhaus geometric shapes and motifs, colours have also been reinterpreted for today’s interior style. So the movement’s signature primary colour palette has been softened to shades of dusty pink, rust-infused red, pale blue, gold and navy.
Aside from my obvious love for the colour and pattern of these murals, it’s also the minimalism of the clean lines and soft curves that draws me in. Plus the deceptive simplicity of the layered shapes and overlapping hues. They’re the kind of designs where we think “How easy would that be to do myself?” But, of course, “simple” is completely different to “easy”. And is very often the complete opposite, in fact.
Bauhaus alumni and teachers include revered names from a range of disciplines, and include Josef Albers, Anni Albers, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Herbert Bayer, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky amongst many others. Their modernist vision had a revolutionary impact at the time and, whether we realise it or not, continues to significantly influence design to this day. Happy birthday Bauhaus!
Find further details and prices of the Bauhaus murals collection at muralswallpaper.co.uk
And more information on the Bauhaus and its centenary at dezeen.com/bauhaus-100