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From Bauhaus to Our House by Tom Wolfe
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Oct 28, 09

bookshelves: design, classics
Read in November, 2009

** spoiler alert ** "The hallmark of the Bauhaus style were glass corners, flat roofs, honest materials, and expressed structure...the most unforgettable characteristic of the Bauhaus was the 'garlic on the breath.' Nevertheless! - How pure, how clean, how glorious it was to be...starting from zero!" p.10

"Albers would pick up the cathedral and the airplane and say: 'These were meant to be made of stone or metal - not newspaper.' Then he would pick up the photographer's absentminded tent and say: 'But this! -this makes use of the soul of the paper. Paper can fold without breaking. Paper has tensile strength, and a vast area can be supported by these two fine edges. This! -is a work of art in paper.'" p.11

"At Yale the students generally began to notice that everything they designed, everything the faculty members designed, everything the visiting critics (who gave critiques of the students) designed...started to look the same. Everyone designed the same box...of glass...and steel and concrete, with tiny beige bricks substituted occasionally. This came to be known as the Yale Box." p.47

"...the Barcelona chair. Mies had designed it for his German Pavilion at the Barcelona Exposition of 1929. The Platonic ideal of chair it was, pure Worker Housing leather and stainless steel, the most perfect piece of furniture design in the twentieth century. The Barcelona chair commanded the staggering price of $550." p.48

"At the heart of functionalism, as everyone knew, was not function but the spiritual quality known as non-bourgeois. And what could be more non-bourgeois than an unadorned wide-flange beam, straight out of the mitts of a construction worker?" p.59
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