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Bowden House, Deakin ACT. Architect Harry Seidler, 1954.
Photo Max Dupain 1954 © Penelope Seidler
Bowden House, Deakin ACT. Architect Harry Seidler, 1954. Photo Max Dupain 1954 © Penelope Seidler

Bauhaus in Canberra

DESIGN Canberra 2019 recognises the 100th anniversary of the iconic Bauhaus design movement which redefined what design could do for society and reflected the utopian ideas of its time. The Bauhaus advocated for an understanding of composition, colour theory and craftsmanship.

Their lasting influence arguably may be less stylistic, and more of an attitude: principals of form follows function, simplicity, trust in materials and quality continue to influence design today.
Traces of Bauhaus can be observed throughout our city, including in the built form of architecture by Harry Seidler (who studied under Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius).

Significantly, the acclaimed ANU School of Art and Design workshops (derived from the Bauhaus atelier model of art and design education) have influenced generations of artists, designers and contemporary craft practitioners and forged a distinct design identity for our city.