Although we would be very interested to have read what the British design magazine wallpaper* would have made of Bauhaus had they been publishing in the 1920s – the discussion in the Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin on September 21st is concerned with real wallpaper.
And its somewhat curious relationship with the Bauhaus school.
For Bauhaus directors such as Mies van der Rohe or Hannes Meyer, wallpaper was, on so many levels, a disruptive product that stood in full contradiction to their ideals and philosophies.
Yet in 1929 Hannes Meyer entered into a deal with the wallpaper manufacturer and Deutscher Werkbund member Emil Rasch to produce an affordable wallpaper for use in the ever increasing number of social housing complexes being constructed.
In his talk “Friend or Foe? Bauhaus and Wallpaper” Dr. Werner Möller from the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau will explain not only how the story of the Bauhaus wallpaper developed under the tenure of Meyer and Mies van der Rohe and how the institution justified its relationship with wallcoverings: but also how a product that theoretically represented everything that Bauhaus hoped to change, became its most successful product.
Friend or Foe? Bauhaus and Wallpaper with Dr. Werner Möller (Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau)
Wednesday September 21st @ 7pm
Mies van der Rohe Haus, Oberseestraße 60, 13053 Berlin