The Bauhaus seeks to contribute to the development of the
domestic environment -- from the simple household utensil to
the completed dwelling -- in conformity with the spirit of
Convinced that the house and its contents must inter-relate
meaningfully, the Bauhaus attempts to derive the form of
each object from its natural functions and limitations and
with the aid of systematic experimentation in the theory and
practice of form, technology and economics.
Modern man wears modern dress, not historical costume. He
also requires modern housing together with all the objects
of everyday use which conform to his daily needs and those
of the times in which he lives.
object is determined by its nature. If it is therefore to be
designed so that it functions properly -- a receptacle, a
chair, a house -- its essence must first be investigated.
This is because it must serve its purpose perfectly, and
that means that it must fulfill its function practically, be
durable, economical and 'beautiful'. The investigation of
the nature of an object in the light of all modern
production methods, construction and materials, results in
forms which deviated from convention and will often seem
unusual and surprising (compare, for example, the change in
design of heating and lighting).
Only through continuous contact with newly evolving
techniques, with the invention of new materials and new
construction methods will the individual designer acquire
the ability to design objects which relate in a living way
to tradition and from that tradition and from that
relationship develop a new attitude to design:
affirmation of the living environment of machines and
The organic design
of objects based on their own contemporary laws free of
all Romantic beautification and idiosyncrasies.
The limitation to
characteristic primary forms and colours comprehensible
The creation of
standard types for all practical commodities of everyday
use is a social necessity.