Captions (clockwise from top left): Herbert Bayer, Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar 1919-23, 1923 (Harvard Art Museum Archive) Bauhaus school photograph © Lucia Moholy Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn (99 Percent Invisible) Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Coffee and Tea Service: 5-Piece Set, 1924-1925 (Harvard Art Museum Archive) Tyler Haughey, Golden Crest Resort Motel (Slate)
The web has been full of some terrific design-centric inspiration lately and I thought I would share some of them this week.
First, Harvard has published a massive Bauhaus archive online. It is free to access and full of terrific work from the famous design school: http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/tour/the-bauhaus
Captions (clockwise from top left): Marcel Breuer, Dormitory Furniture for Rhoads Hall, Bryn Mawr College: Desk, 1938 (Harvard Art Museum Archive) Marianne Brandt, Untitled [with Anna May Wong], 1929 (Harvard Art Museum Archive) Anni Albers, Design for a Rug, 1927 (Harvard Art Museum Archive)
And listen to this episode of the wonderful podcast 99 Percent Invisible while you are browsing the Bauhaus archive:
Lucia Moholy’s photographs are some of the finest documentation of the Bauhaus. Her asymmetrical compositions and use of stark contrast draw on the principles the Bauhaus taught. Lucia came to the school in 1923 with her husband at the time, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy,a teacher at the Bauhaus.
Lucia had to flee Germany for London when the Nazi’s closed the school. She left in such a hurry that she could not take the boxes of large format glass negatives, her archive of Bauhaus photographs. Walter Gropius, did not have to flee in haste and got the negatives from Lucia’s basement. After the war, she began to see her photographs published. For years, she was not credited for years with these images, including this famous photo of the Bauhaus building. Listen to how Lucia has finally gotten credit for her work:
Bauhaus school photograph © Lucia Moholy Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn (99 Percent Invisible)
Photography and Photomontage:
I love this series of photographs of the mid-century modern motels of Wildwood, NJ by Tyler Haughey:
Tyler Haughey, Isle of Capri Motel (Slate)
Check out this haunting series of images: Wildfires by Clare Szydlowski, a California-based artist:
These dramatic silkscreens are printed by hand using the CMYK process printing method… so many colorful layers that need to be aligned perfectly!? The imagery is digital collage of photos Clare took of new suburban developments merged with images of historical / current forest fires and dust storms. What isn’t digital though is her very hands-on technique:
“When I first started this body of work while an AIR at Kala Art Institute, I found a lot of people thought my prints were digital. My answer to this was to work with bigger dots to expose the little variations seen in hand pulled prints. I grew to LOVE these juicy rosettes and little imperfections… traces of human touch.”
Clare Szydlowski Wildfires (The Jealous Curator)
Finally, some eye candy: psychedelic cookbook covers from the 1960s and 1970s:
Cookbook covers from Psychedelic Snack (Voices of East Anglia)
More inspiration coming next week!