Among the excitements on in London this summer, design aficionados will have a treat of their own – a major exhibition at the Barbican called Bauhaus: Art as Life, from May 3 to August 12. Round the movement, which was founded in Weimar in 1919, were gathered some of the most illustrious names in design history: founder Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Paul Klee and many others. Out of their shared vision of bridging the gap between art and industry came some of the all-time design greats, such as Breuer’s austerely beautiful Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair and day bed and Michael Thonet’s nest of steel and metal tables. It’s an elite group of furniture, and anybody who’s always wanted to own one of these classics will have a fantastic opportunity to see and buy them this summer.
The Aram Gallery was asked to collaborate with the Barbican and mount its own exhibition, Bauhaus Live, from May 18 to July 15, celebrating the ongoing influence of the movement. While Aram’s exhibition will feature Bauhaus-influenced works by some of the great designers of today, such as Martino Gamper and Jasper Morrison, these will not be for sale. Instead, at Aram Store many of the classics will be sold at 20 per cent off their usual prices. These pieces are made according to the strict manufacturing dictats of their designers, unlike the copies available at lower prices. A Wassily chair in leather, for instance, will be selling for £1,142.40 (normally £1,428), and the marvellous S285 Desk by Marcel Breuer for Thonet is available from £1,592 (pictured with drawers and shelves, £3,920 – sale price).