Interior trends come and go but the influence of the Bauhaus movement remains unabated, despite being 2019 being the centenary of arguably, the most influential design movement in European history. And the reason for success? It’s more than style that drives design.
The what, when, why’s and how to take the best of Bauhaus and apply it to modern day kitchen design.
100 years of design – Why Bauhaus still rocks in the latest kitchens, by next125
“Bauhaus focused on form and function, dispensing with superfluous decoration, embracing the capacity of manufacturing and creating beautiful designs with purpose. And here we are 100 years on, with the most contemporary interiors still witness to a design principle as relevant today, as it was back then. And when it comes to kitchen design – we simply cannot get enough of it” say’s Wayne Dance, Managing Director at InHouse, for German brand next125.
“It’s clear to see the influence of the Bauhaus movement is still driving design, and it’s easy to understand why. Bauhaus had principles, focussing on form and function, dispensing with superfluous decoration, embracing the capacity of manufacturing and creating beautiful designs with purpose. The only thing that has really changed, is manufacturing. With today’s impressive technology, it’s easier than ever before to create a contemporary Bauhaus utopia – mass produced designs as close to individually crafted, as it is possible to be”.
HOW to use the Bauhaus principle at home
- Remember that this is more than just a style; it’s a way of thinking. Think function, think purpose, think quality. Off the shelf is not the very best a product can be and spending £80k is not applying the principle of value
- The Bauhaus style focuses on geometric shape, so opt for a grid system for planning. No matter the planning complexity or cabinet shapes and sizes, the final design will be visually consistent and appear effortless.
- Think about purpose: Bauhaus puts the detail in form and function, so just creating a contemporary look isn’t going to cut the mustard when it comes to functionality. Fortunately, modern day Bauhaus is actually pretty easy to achieve. Think about how you use your space, what you need, nothing more, and nothing less.
- Linear and cubist design doesn’t mean replicated an unforgiving space. Unite and divide open plan spaces with variable height plinths and cabinets, wall hung design and beautiful furniture style island units. Opting for the grid system allows for variable height plinths and cabinet
- Functionality is critical and it applies to everyone that uses a space for cooking, socialising or work. So go modular, it’s the fast track route to merging function, form and aesthetics.
Bauhaus design loves simple geometry, with shape creating minimal and fluid design that is as contemporary today as it was 100 years ago. The modular NX 912, with simple lines, beautiful ceramic surface and functionality that is second to none, the next125 collection is embodies the very best of Bauhaus style design.
Rooted in Bauhaus history, every next125 kitchen unites seven design principles: to be precise, elegant, creative, minimal, functional, emotional and technological. With an open shelf unit that creates architectural definition and purpose, this NX 620 is the perfect example. Ceramic panels and worktops partner with natural walnut and Fenix laminate material. The linear next125 pendant draws the eye to clean line fronts that conceal Tip-On mechanisms and perfectly tailored storage.
The 125mm grid, geometric feature and minimalist purity are the hallmark of the NX 500. Free from grip ledge or recessed handles, flat fronts allow the eye to focus on a uniform joint pattern. Applying the Bauhaus principle that functionality, aesthetics and affordability are of equal importance.
Ticking all the right boxes for the application of Bauhaus, the furniture style Island unit from the next125 collection has style, function and simplicity down to an art form. The NX800 table style unit discretely houses pipework and electrics, whilst the recessed plinth gives the appearance of a completely freestanding piece of furniture.