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From Bauhaus to your house

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Bauhaus designers Gunta Stölzl and Anni Albers were
masters of composition whose geometric designs are
on trend in 2020. Photos: TOP: Gunta Stölzl: Design for
a Wallhanging," ca. 1920-1926; Image © Victoria and
Albert Museum, London watercolor, pencil, ink, Gouache.
© Stölzl Estate. BOTTOM: Designtex.

he Bauhaus was an art school founded in Germany in 1919
with a vision to reunite fine art and functional design in
an increasingly industrialized world. Many female artists who
attended the school were disappointed to find that the options
available to them were the weaving shed and ceramics studio.
However, many of these artists fine-tuned the craft of weaving and
created innovative, seminal textiles that are still relevant today.
Two such artists were Gunta Stölzl, who was the only woman to
teach at the Bauhaus, and student Anni Albers. Now, some of their
textiles have been turned into fabric by New York-based Designtex
in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus movement.
Called the Bauhaus Project, the idea began when Susan Lyons,
Designtex president, wanted to make the artists' work available
for use today. She got permission from Stölzl's daughter Monika
Stadler, who lives in the Netherlands, and Lucy Swift Weber, who
is part of the Albers Foundation.
The Bauhaus Project consists of eight upholstery textiles
and eight digitally printed wall coverings based on the designs
of Albers and Stölzl. Designtex studied geometric plans made by
the artists, noting the intricacy of the patterns and the colors used,
to recreate the designs.
Stölzl used color subtly on geometric patterns with asymmetric
details. The Designtex designers mapped out her complex weave
constructions to recreate five of her woven textile patterns.
Among Albers's reinvented textiles were her geometric black
designs from 1926 and 1927 for digitally printed wall coverings.
For more information, visit www.designtex.com.

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