Desk in Exile
Bauhaus Taschenbuch 20
Bauhaus Lab 2016/Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

152 pp.
with numerous black/white illustrations
thread-sewn paperback

Leipzig June, 2017
ISBN: 9783959051224
Edition Number: 1

Width: 10.5 cm
Length: 14.6 cm

Language(s): English

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

Bauhaus Lab 2016

Joana Pardal

Design Concept

How can a heavy cherrywood desk tell a story of exile and migration? Designed as part of the 1923 Bauhaus exhibition in Weimar, then moved to Dessau where it was integrated into a modern office culture, Walter Gropius’s desk has been in Lincoln, Massachusetts, since 1938, in the children’s room of the family’s private residence. Looking through the lens of the object, the publication reflects the changing conditions of migration and “settling” in the modern age.

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