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Walter Gropius Furniture

German, 1883-1969

As the founder of the Bauhaus — the German art and design school that was one of the chief crucibles of modernismWalter Gropius had a central and enduring impact on the architecture and design of the 20th century and beyond. Along with fellow Bauhaus principals such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, Gropius championed a philosophy of design focused on simplicity, efficiency and the inherent beauty of steel, glass and other industrial materials.

Born in Berlin, Gropius followed in his architect father’s footsteps and after completing his studies was employed by the brilliant proto-modernist designer Peter Behrens. Gropius’s early architectural work demonstrated many of the aspects that define the modernist aesthetic: ribbon windows, an emphasis on light and minimal decoration. Gropius became known primarily as a great organizer, writer and teacher. After military service in World War I, he developed concepts of what are now called the applied arts — a marriage of creative imagination with practical skill and technology. These notions drove Gropius’s founding of the Bauhaus in 1919. The school would welcome many of the great creators of the 20th century, including Paul Klee, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers. After the independent-minded college fell afoul of the Nazi regime in the 1930s, Gropius immigrated to the United States, and finished out his years on the Harvard faculty.

Gropius produced far fewer furniture designs than his fellows on the Bauhaus faculty, but what he did make has a purity of form and spirit. As you will see from the works offered on 1stDibs, Walter Gropius never compromised his vision of design that encompassed beauty, creativity and the highest level of technical skill.

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Creator: Walter Gropius
Walter Gropius Tea Set Rosenthal Germany TAC Porcelain 1969
By Rosenthal, Walter Gropius
Located in Basel, BS
Tea set series ‚TAC’ designed by the Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius for Rosenthal in Germany, introduced in 1969 and produced in 1984. Gropius was asked to to join The Architects Co...
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1960s German Bauhaus Vintage Walter Gropius Furniture

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Porcelain

Vintage Black Glazed Porcelain Milk Jug by Walter Gropius for Rosenthal
By Rosenthal, Walter Gropius
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Germany in 1969 by Walter Gropius for Rosenthal Studio Line. It is made in black porcelain with both a matte and glazed finish. This milk jug is a vintage piece, therefore i...
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Katsura Tradition and Creation in Japanese Architecture
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Sumptuously produced treatment of the aesthetic and spiritual qualities of traditional Japanese architecture that resonated with and influenced Western modernism—think the simplicity and abstract beauty of tatami geometry combined with a holistic philosophy of indoor/outdoor living. The book itself is a cynosure of academic and graphic quality, with text by Walter Gropius and Kenzo Tange...
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Walter Gropius furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Walter Gropius furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of porcelain and are designed with extraordinary care. Many of the original furniture by Walter Gropius were created in the mid-century modern style in germany during the 1960s. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Gerald Scarfe, Helmut Newton, and Ruppelwerk. Prices for Walter Gropius furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $160 and can go as high as $1,780, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $600.

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