Wednesday 19 September - Anthea Streeter

The Bauhaus

Where did mixer taps and fitted kitchens come from? Angle-poise lamps and strip lighting? The answer is the Bauhaus.

This is the story of Germany's most famous design school, bitterly attacked in its day during 1920s, but one which has had a profound effect on modern buildings and their interiors ever since.

The Bauhaus (translated literally as 'Building House') was founded in 1919. It was closed in 1933 on the orders of the Nationalist government. Its teaching promoted Modernism and, despite its short life, the school became one of the most influential sources of modern design. Leading modern painters from across Europe were attracted to teach at the Bauhaus, and with practical instruction from local craftsman too, the students received a thorough grounding in form and colour theory as well as the use of materials.

The result of this in-depth teaching was the development of such iconic designs as tubular steel furniture, strip lighting and fitted kitchens, which we now take for granted yet which at the time, in the 1920s, were at the cutting-edge of design. In the years following the school’s forced closure, many of the teachers and students involved either fled abroad or were exiled. The result is that the Bauhaus has had a worldwide impact on art, architecture and design trends ever since.

about our lecturer:

Anthea Streeter studied the Fine and Decorative Arts in London and continued her studies at Harvard University. It was while at Harvard, where there was great enthusiasm for American design, that she developed a special interest in 20th century architecture and design.
Since returning from America she has taught on courses in Oxford and London, lectured on the Country House course in Sussex, as well as to private groups around the country.