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The Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics

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Éva Forgács

Epilogue: Liberalism's Utopia

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IN 1923 the Haus am Horn, with its predesigned objects and built-in furniture, doubtless not only suggested a new, frill-free way of life, but actually forced this on its occupants. The tenant would have been in trouble had he or she wanted to assert personal tastes by bringing furniture of another type into the house. Likewise, difficulties would have arisen if the rooms were to be used for purposes other than what they had been designed for. Meanwhile this house and its furnishings, intended as prototypes, already signalled the shift of one Utopian image of the future into another one that seemed to be melding with the present: the lifestyle of the 'future' was now being offered to the families of the day. By this time the Gesamtkunstwerk as a representative building was no longer the ruling thought; the realities involved now were the chair, kitchen sink, tea kettle, and the key words were inexpensive, simple, functional.

This tendency was carried by Marcel Breuer's invention of t...

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