Bauhaus furniture is still killin' it today
Although the Bauhaus movement was only solidly operational for a few short years nearly a century ago (1919-1933), the impact of the German design practice still shines with relevance today.
The movement was inspired by the cutting-edge concept of reimagining the material world with simplicity in mind, and it's possible that no other school of design has left a more influential mark on the interior design world.
With an emphasis on functionality and minimalism, the iconic styles that were shaped by its influence are as relevant today as they were then.
The distinct form-follows-function approach of the Bauhaus school significantly influenced a variety of creative industries from architecture, typography, pottery and more ― but in particular, furniture design was forever changed.
Just like Bauhaus has lasted and evolved over generations, the styles inspired by the movement stay lasting too ― often resulting in perfectly simplistic pieces that are dripping in leather that helps them age like fine wine. As furniture designer Timothy Oulton says,
“The best way to think of leather is that it is like your skin. Good-quality aniline leather is a natural, breathable material; it changes over time,”
So take care of your leather, and it gets even better.
Scroll for modern designs that validate the lasting impact of Bauhaus on today's visual world.
Leather Sling Chairs
An instant classic and obvious fave, you can find this style is basically any self-described "modern" interior. The iconic Wassily Chair ― starting at $2,893 and available here ― by Marcel Breuer may be the first to come to mind, but has inspired many equally classic-worthy companions like the Smith Sling Chair by Barnaby Lane and the Objekto Paulistano Steel leather chair by Brazilian designer Paulo Mendes da Rocha.
Chrome Cantilever Chairs
Chrome is one of those textures that immediately provides an ultra-modern look to any piece, even decades after the Bauhaus movement itself. Available from a variety of relevant furniture houses like West Elm, the style is perfect to accentuate any home office or den, and is often complemented by rich leather accents.
The ultimate modern lounger, these sleek minimal chaises add an instant relaxing effect to any room. Honorable mentions include the luxe leather Barcelona Couch by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and the irresistible to lounge on Florence Knoll Relaxed Bench.
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