Timeless Bauhaus Design at Auctionata

German auction house Auctionata announced an exceptionnal Bauhaus Design sale to be held on June 2nd (both in Berlin and online). With such prominent names as Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, El Lissitzky or Marianne Brandt , this auction features works by all the great designers of the Bauhaus movement, which began in Weimar, 1919. The Bogler & Lindig ceramic tea set (see after the jump), made between 1925 and 1930, is just one of the auction highlights. The set includes the famous “Kombinationskanne”, designed by ceramicist Theodor Bogler and made by his colleague and brother-in-law Otto Lindig, who also designed and made the milk jug and sugar bowl that complete the set. The ensemble is a perfect example of modern, timeless Bauhaus design and is truly unique due to the combination of objects and their very good condition (starting prices from 200€ for the Marianne Brandt's lamp below).

Degeneration of Modernism? Tessa Koot, the Sorry Collection

Mart Stam, El Lissitzky and Gerrit Rietveld en route for Milan… If the Bauhaus and De Stijl members could come back to life today, would their work be considered relevent? The "Sorry Collection" by Tessa Koot, an installation of handcrafted furniture commisioned by Dutch entrepeneur Bob Hutten, gives us a few hints. The Dutch designer, whose freedom in process and concepts is pivotal to her designs, was "never really restricted by conventions of functionality and comfort. Koot looked to the modernist movements of the first half of the 20th century for inspiration and significance.
 Using new materials and techniques, unconcerned with the necessary know-how, resulted in a new form of risk taking as of yet not proven succesful in terms of sustaining the ravages of time… but hey!" Tessa Koot collaborated with photographer Lisa Klappe to stage her Sorry Collection, in a setting "loosely refering to the infamous execution of the 1937 Degenerate Art Exhibition", organized by the Nazis in order to rally public opinion against modernist artists. The Sorry Collection is on show at the Studio Paul Heijnen Exhibition 'KORTE METTEN' during the Milan Salone.

Du design & des enfants: Century of the child, growing by design 1900-2000

Un siècle de design pour les enfants : à New York, le MoMA propose une inédite rétrospective de l'incursion du design dans l'univers de l'enfance au cours du 20e siècle - paradigme de la pensée progressive des designers. Le voyage fantastique débute avec l'ouvrage de la suédoise Ellen Key (théoricienne de la société qui prônait une réforme par le design), "Century of the Child", et remonte graduellement jusqu'à l'époque récente (LEGO, figurines Star Wars et autres ordinateurs portables pour les enfants). Plus de 500 objets (jouets et jeux, produits liés à la santé, mobilier, livres...) racontent l'histoire, illustrée d'objets parfois créés par des designers mythiques tels Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto, Alma Siedhoff, Gerrit Rietveld, El Lissitzky, ou Isamu Noguchi (plus d'images ci-après). A whole century of kids' design: in New York, the MoMA displays an extensive survey of 20th Century design for children -  a production that doubles as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. This mesmerizing journey  starts with Swedish design reformer and social theorist Ellen Key’s book Century of the Child, unfolding towards nowadays (think LEGO bricks, laptops, Star Wars artefacts); over 500 items (small objects, toys and games, health and therapeutic products, furniture, books) tell the story, sometimes designed by such mythical figures such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto, Alma Siedhoff, Gerrit Rietveld, El Lissitzky, or Isamu Noguchi (more pictures after the jump).