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Living Like A Bauhäusler

Reconstructed room at Studio Building, Bauhaus Dessau.
Photo: Yvonne Tenschert 2013, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

Both an institution and a design philosophy, Bauhaus has been one of the greatest influences in modern design. Although forced to shut down in 1933, the historic buildings of the Bauhaus School at Dessau still exist as a museum and visitors’ centre, offering a wide range of activities related to the Bauhaus legacy. We recently found out that visitors now have the option to spend the night in one of the Bauhaus buildings, namely the Studio Building, which is where junior masters and promising students used to live and work. Built in 1926, the so-called ”Prellerhaus” – named after Friedrich Preller – includes 28 studio flats of about 24 square meters each (single- and double-bed), which offer a hospitality experience ‘‘in the Bauhaus style’’ (which, apart from the original-design furniture and a 1920‘s ambience, also features hallway communal showers and restrooms– it was, after all, a students’ dormitory). The two restaurants on campus will make sure that you never get hungry.

Studio building (Prellerhaus), Walter Gropius 1925/26, View from east.
Photo: Yvonne Tenschert, 2010, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

Visitor on a balcony of the studio building (Prellerhaus),Gropius 1925/26.
Photo: Yvonne Tenschert, 2009, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

So for your next pilgrimage to Bauhaus Dessau, book a studio at the Prellerhaus and get a taste of what it was like living like a Bauhäusler.

More information and price lists on the accommodation page of Bauhaus Dessau.

Personalized studio of Alfred Arndt.
Photo: Yvonne Tenschert, 2009, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

Personalized studio of Alfred Arndt.
Photo: Yvonne Tenschert, 2009, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

Personalized studio of Franz Ehrlich.
Photo: Yvonne Tenschert, 2013, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

Reconstructed room at Studio Building, Bauhaus Dessau.
Photo: Yvonne Tenschert 2013, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

Reconstructed room at Studio Building, Bauhaus Dessau.
Photo: Yvonne Tenschert 2013, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

Marianne Brandt room at Studio Building, Bauhaus Dessau.
Photo: Yvonne Tenschert 2013, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

Personalized studio of Josef Albers.
Photo: Yvonne Tenschert, 2013, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

Marianne Brandt room at Studio Building, Bauhaus Dessau.
Photo: Yvonne Tenschert 2013, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

Studio building (Prellerhaus) of Bauhaus building Dessau, Walter Gropius 1925/26, View from south-east.
Photo: Yvonne Tenschert, 2012, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

The Bauhaus Building: Built in 1925–26 according to designs by Walter Gropius. A multi-winged, asymmetrically configured complex, consisting
of a workshop wing, vocational school (connected by a bridge) and a studio building, which is linked to the workshop wing by a single-storey connecting structure (auditorium, stage, cafeteria). Color design: Hinnerk Scheper and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (foyer). Interiors: Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Max Krajewski.

photo © Thomas Lewandovski.

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Bauhaus Dessau

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Wooden Churches, by Richard Davies

Travelling in the Russian North 100 years after Bilibin

A series showcasing the derelict wooden churches of Russia.

Introduction by Matilda Moreton and Richard Davies London , August 2007
“In the summer of 1902 Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (1876 – 1942) the well known artist, stage designer and illustrator of Russian Folk Tales travelled to the Vologda Province in the North of Russia. As well as collecting and studying the local folk art he drew and photographed the wooden architecture. During the summers of 1903 and 1904 he was sent by the Russian Museum in St Petersburg to the Vologda, Archangel and Olonets Provinces to collect works of folk art, which subsequently formed the basis of the museum’s Ethnographic Department. Many of the photographs taken on these trips were used as illustrations in Bilibin’s article of 1904 in the World of Art Magazine entitled Folk Art of the Russian North.”
“The article drew attention to the condition of the wooden churches: “the state of the churches is most lamentable. In the hands of uncivilized people, they are being vandalised to the point of destruction or are ruined with ‘restoration’ to the point of being unrecognisable”. His photographs were also used in the section on Wooden Architecture of the Russian North, in Igor Grabar’s monumental History of Russian Architecture published in 1909. In 1911 The Society of the St Eugenia Community published ten of Bilibin’s photographs of the churches as a set of postcards sold to raise money to support its charitable work.”

“Seeing these beautiful postcards inspired Richard to travel to the Russian North in 2002 to find out which churches had survived. Further trips have followed every year. Many churches have been lost: some have been left to rot; some have been destroyed by lightning; countless others by ignorance, spite and neglect. Last year, one church was hit by a reversing tractor – it tumbled like a pack of cards.”

“There is however much to celebrate. The integrity between the landscape and the architecture of this wooden world is as striking to us today as it was to Bilibin. The basic simplicity of the log cabin construction and the extravagant fantasies superimposed on it are just as startling. Although the churches that remain are in varying states of decay and despite their neglect and the wrecking of their interiors, these extraordinary structures have a spiritual presence which commands respect even in the absence of their gilded icons.”

“Many churches have been saved by dedicated specialists and enthusiasts, whose untiring work goes on. We hope that the photographs in this exhibition will help raise public awareness of the plight of these wonderful buildings and that more restoration projects will attract the funding they deserve.”

“During our travels, the story of the hardships of the last century has been unavoidably felt – a story of Revolution, War, Communism and severe Northern winters. The photographs also tell of the lives of resilient people who have lived through extreme times in extreme places – a story of the Russian North.”

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Cultural Center In Nafplion, Greece

  

photo © Ioanna Nikolareizi

You know how it goes: give a seaside town a reputation for stunning views and sprawling wrap-around countryside, and it will soon be infested with tourist shops. Nafplion, a gorgeous little port city in eastern Peloponnese, had gained a particular reputation for worry beads (locally known as kobologia), with a museum to match. Taking a majority stock in local retail outlets, there was enough worry beads to get you seriously worried: wasn’t there anything else worth bringing back to commemorate your visit?

Enter Florica Kyriacopoulos, a businesswoman and a renowned art collector, who filled a void in the local artisan market while fulfilling her own lifelong dream: to enrich the cultural life of Nafplion with a venue exclusively dedicated to creativity.Fougaro, a former pre-WWII tomato cannery, opened its doors to the public on October 28, boasting an Arts & Humanities library, a workshop, a café, a concert hall and, most importantly, an exhibition hall.

Currently taking up residence in its ample square footage is ‘Craft Fair #1‘, an inspired selection of handmade design objects by 56 artists and designers, on display till December 29, 2012. And the best part is, everything’s for sale!

Bought at an auction in 1997, the newly christened Fougaro – which literally translates to chimney stack, alluding to the venue’s pedestrian past – expands across three building complexes, a mammoth project that’s been in the works for the past 15 years. Kyriacopoulos, heiress to S&B Industrial Minerals SA, has always had an affinity for industrial spaces and made absolutely sure the defunct plant was ‘affectionately‘ renovated. Future additions include an open-air movie theater, a concert hall and an amphitheater.

photo © Ioanna Nikolareizi

photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Arts & Humanities library
photo © Ioanna Nikolareizi

photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

The Exhibition Hall
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

As for ‘Craft Fair#1‘, the cultural center’s major attraction, it will be followed by plenty of similar handcrafted shows to come. ”Inviting 56 different people to make something with their own two hands is a real creative stimulant,” says Florica Kyriacopoulos”This kind of output is a lot more relevant to our lives than, say, high art”. The exhibition, a veritable explosion of texture and color, was curated by Dimitris Xanthoulis and will be replenished throughout its duration.

Locally sourced treasures include the ghostly, pared down ceramics of Margarita Ekklisiarchou, set designer Olympia Sideridou’s farm-fresh bounty of plush pumpkins, Polytimi Biliona’s army of colorful shot glasses (no two are alike),Nana Stepanian’s plastic-fantastic found art, Nikos Haritakis’ blowing glass baubles, Laura Venizelou’s clashing gold-and-grey ceramics, Petros Mantouvalos’ Nomura Jewelry (think spiky, goth-inspired silicone designs) andDimitris Brazas’ upcycled light fixtures, among many, many others.

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Fougaro was restored by E. Sakellaridou + M. Papanikolaou & AssociatesElias TsoulogiannisFani TsoulogianniJohnny Seefelder, the dmd team and Ioannis Papagrigorakis & Associates.
The cultural center is open year-round and is situated about 2km away from the center of Nafplion.

Exhibition Hall Interior
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Laura Venizelou ceramics & jewelry
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Nana Stepanian upcycled art objects
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Nana Stepanian upcycled art objects
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Nana Stepanian upcycled art objects
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Maximos jewelry
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Margarita Ekklisiarchou ceramics
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Tzannis Sifneos furniture and homeware
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Maria Grigoriou paper jewelry
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Nikos Haritakis glassware
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Nomura silicon jewelry by Petros Mantouvalos
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Giannis Mamoutzis ceramics
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Kristina Pitsilidou jewelry
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Polytimi Biliona pottery
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Dimitris Brazas upcycled light fixtures
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Olympia Sideridou plush pumpkins
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Apostolos Hasiotis upclycled light fixtures
photo © Costas Voyatzis for Yatzer.com

Mark Hadjipateras sculpture
photo © Ioanna Nikolareizi

sources:Fougaro

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