Walter Gropius (Germany and USA, 1883–1969)

As the founder of the Bauhaus — the German art and design school that was one of the chief crucibles of modernism — Walter 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 these pages, Walter Gropius never compromised his vision of design that encompassed beauty, creativity and the highest level of technical skill.

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Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Walter Gropius

By Walter Gropius, Ben Thompson
Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Walter Gropius
Walter Gropius, Ben Thompson
Vintage 1950s American Modern Dining Room Chairs
Nutwood
The legendary Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius designed the rarely seen "W199" armchair in 1951 with Benjamin Thompson, a fellow professor at Harvard. Gropius' teaching career came to a...
Rare Pair of Bauhaus W199 Chairs by Walter Gropius

By Walter Gropius
Rare Pair of Bauhaus W199 Chairs by Walter Gropius...
Walter Gropius
Vintage 1950s German Bauhaus Chairs
Nutwood
Walter Gropius (1883– 1969). Original pair of biomorphic W199 armchairs by pioneering Bauhaus cofounder Walter Gropius, for Thonet, in dark solid nutwood with ergonomic seat sculpted...
Walter Gropius Armchairs W199 Set of Eight

By Walter Gropius
Walter Gropius Armchairs W199 Set of Eight
Walter Gropius
Vintage 1950s American Bauhaus Armchairs
Birch
Walter Gropius and Ben Thompson "W199" armchairs set of eight. Designed in 1951 with Benjamin Thompson a fellow professor at Harvard. Gropius' principal of the firm "The Architects' Col...
Walter Gropius Door Handle Set

By Walter Gropius
Walter Gropius Door Handle Set
Walter Gropius
Vintage 1920s German Bauhaus Doors and Gates
An original door handle set by Walter Gropius, circa 1920s. Nickle alloy/steel. Set includes two key slots.