Ten Bauhaus interiors that draw on design school principles

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A hotel that pays homage to early German modernism and a ski resort apartment designed by architect Marcel Breuer are among the projects rounded up in our latest lookbook, which explores Bauhaus-inspired interiors.

The most influential school of art and design in history, the Bauhaus was established in Germany in 1919 and, although it closed just over a decade later, continues to influence designers interior today.

Work produced by students and teachers over the school’s 14-year history, centered on founder Walter Gropius’ philosophy that art and craft must marry to create new architecture.

The projects below feature distinctive Bauhaus elements, including chrome tubular chairs, geometric shapes, primary colors, and abstract textiles.

This is the latest in our lookbook series, which is visually inspired by the Dezeen archives. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring living rooms that use warm neutral tones to create a homey vibe, bedrooms with wardrobes disguised as walls, and contemporary living rooms in Georgian and Victorian homes.


The photo is by Arthur Fechoz

Cassiopeia Apartment, France, by Volta

Tasked with reviving the “Bauhaus spirit” of this Breuer-designed ski resort apartment, architectural studio Volta added upholstery in mustard yellow and royal blue, referencing the color palette movement.

Armchairs with steel frames that resemble Breuer’s Wassily chair were also used to decorate the living room.

“The Bauhaus movement was prominent in the design of the project,” the studio said. “It influenced its history, its choice of materials and its furniture. The challenge was to bring its influences to life in a contemporary context.”

Find out more about the Cassiopée apartment ›


From Maria by The MP Shift
The photo is by Nicole Franzen

From Maria, USA, by The MP Shift

Design studio The MP Shift wanted De Maria, a contemporary American restaurant in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood, to look like an artist’s studio, with white brick and rose-tinted plaster.

The studio paid homage to the Bauhaus and Soho style of the 1970s by adding tan leather-covered couches, orb-shaped pendant lamps, and simple triangular-shaped artwork.

Learn more about De Maria ›


Nadzieja restaurant designed by Agnieszka Owsiany Studio
Photo courtesy of Agnieszka Owsiany Studio

Nadzieja, Poland, by Agnieszka Owsiany Studio

Bauhaus design influences collide with Israeli flavors at Nadzieja, a restaurant in Poznań, Poland, designed by local studio Agnieszka Owsiany Studio.

Filled with brown leather chairs with tubular steel frames, high ivory granite countertops and spherical pendant lights, the restaurant has a bright and warm interior that draws parallels to the large number of Bauhaus buildings found in Tel Aviv.

Read more about Nadzieja ›


Hotel Schwan Locke in Munich by Fettle
The photo is by Edmund Dabney

Hotel Schwan Locke, Germany, by Fettle

Influenced by the work of the proto-Bauhaus Deutsche Werkbund, design studio Fettle wanted the interiors of Aparthotel Locke to be both nostalgic and resolutely contemporary.

Its 151 apartment rooms feature a combination of light wood, raw plaster, chrome, steel, and mohair against a colorful but understated pink and green backdrop.

Learn more about the Schwan Locke Hotel ›


A living room with a geometric rug
Photo courtesy of Kasthall

Quilt by Ellinor Eliasson

In this living room, Swedish designer Ellinor Eliasson’s tufted rug acts as a centerpiece and gives the space a warm, richly textured look.

The graphic, modernist rug is reminiscent of the work of the famous Bauhaus weaving workshop teacher Anni Albers, who is best known for her textiles and her recognizable lines, colors and shapes.

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Members club areas divided by metal shelving
The photo is by Andrew Joseph Woomer

Soho House Nashville, USA, by Soho House

At Nashville’s Soho House, guests can sample the city’s musical heritage while learning about the building’s industrial past as a knitting factory.

Designed to be warm and rich, just like the rock and roll, jazz and blues music that Nashville is known for, the accommodation features bespoke lamps, industrial copper finishes and lots of tube decor to create an industrial interior that remains modern. .

Learn more about Soho House Nashville ›


53 West 53 by André Fu 36B
The photo is by Stephen Kent Johnson

53 West Apartment, US, by André Fu and AFSO

Architect André Fu and his Hong Kong studio AFSO referenced geometric Bauhaus designs for 53 West Apartment, a model unit in architect Jean Nouvel’s New York tower.

The two-bedroom apartment is dotted with sculptural furnishings such as a room divider made of dark wood and rods, which complements the existing walnut doors and oak floors and cabinets.

Learn more about Apartment 53 West ›


RP house by Estudio BG
The photo is by Fran Parente

RP House, Brazil, by Estúdio BG

Inside this stripped-down, two-story residence called RP House, black metal frames, bare walls, and simple white volumes stacked on top of each other come together to create a sparse yet bright Brazilian home.

São Paulo studio Estúdio BG said the design referenced the principles of repeatability and standardization advocated by Bauhaus designers.

“This 1920s movement was characterized by the replication of design in an industrial format,” the studio said. “The simple geometric volume, the elimination of decorative elements and the use of the roof as terraces reinforce the principles adopted in the project.”

Learn more about Maison RP ›


Dome House by Pavlina Williams
The photo is by Krista Jahnke

Palm Springs Dome House, USA, by Pavlina Williams

Los Angeles-based architect Pavlina Williams added multiple windows and knocked down multiple walls when renovating this California home, transforming it from a dark residence into a desert sun trap.

In the open-plan living room, a caramel leather Wassily chair by Hungarian architect and designer Breuer sits alongside a stainless steel spiral staircase that leads to a loft.

Learn more about Palm Springs Dome House ›


KaDaWe department store in Berlin
The photo is by Derek Hudson

KaDeWe, Germany, by India Mahdavi

French architect India Mahdavi drew inspiration from Bauhaus’s preoccupation with strong graphic lines and forms in her renovation of KaDeWe department store by adding wide black, white and gray Santa Margherita stripes to the floor of the clothing section for women.

Elsewhere in the 2,000 square meter retail space, pink carpeting is accented by three-tiered brass clothes rails and olive green and dusty pink velvet curtains.

Learn more about KaDeWe ›

This is the latest in our lookbook series, which is visually inspired by the Dezeen archives. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring bathrooms where the sink takes center stage, homes with arched openings that add architectural interest, and bookcases designed to enhance the boating experience.

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