What can the Bauhaus teach modern up-and-coming designers in China? Clean design, clarity of form, a renunciation of ornamentation?
The Bauhaus, as devised by its founders Henry van de Velde and Walter Gropius in Germany during the First World War and implemented after the war, was an alternative concept to the aesthetics of historicism, in which handcrafted ornaments were copied in industrial mass production. However, over the course of its development, these ideas have particularly shaped today’s industrial and graphic design.
The radical rejection of banal decoration in favor of functional beauty is undoubtedly something that Chinese society and its rapidly growing consumer goods industry could use. But didn’t Chinese designers move past this stage long ago, and is it really necessary to look back to Germany?
An inspiring article by the British online magazine Creative Bloq introduces the vanguard of creative young designers from China.
(picture: Ray Lei)