What ADS Loves This Week | Furniture Designers

This week on What ADS Loves, we recall the golden age of modernist design and architecture. These were the halcyon days when buildings stood bare but radiated from within, when artist and craftsman were one and the same. This week, ADS pens its love letter to the Bauhaus movement and its foremost architects and designers: Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, and Mies Van der Rohe.

The modernist movement was a comet flashing through the early 20th Century. A response to the growing anxiety about the soullessness of manufacturing, the modernists sought to reconcile art with craftsmanship, creation with construction. Aside from the aesthetic symmetry of their skyscrapers, the modernists also dabbled in furniture design. Walter Gropius has the famous F51 chair, a geometrical lounge chair with delicately rounded edges and strongly contrasting colors. It’s a dominating presence in any environment. Le Corbusier’s LC2 armchair is plush but solid, a fortress of cushions fenced by a polished steel frame. Van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair is “the Platonic ideal of chair,” a minimalist and elegant number that seems to float over feather-light struts.

F51 Armchair

F51 Armchair by Walter Gropius

LC2 Armchair

LC2 Armchair by Le Corbusier

Barcelona chair

Barcelona chair by Van der Rohe

The modernist movement endures. In this age where “timelessness” is a design byword, architects can do worse than take inspiration from the modernists and the Bauhaus. We see their inspirations and philosophies in the craft of today’s designers. We can only hope that, here in ADS, we can honor their memory.