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  • From Lamps to Enlightened Materialism: Naum Gabo and the Problem of Functionalist Design
Fig. 1. From the Bauhaus Magazine (1928, Heft 4, p2). The question mark that so provocatively punctuates the title of Gabo’s article (“Design?”) questions the identity and mission of the Bauhaus itself, as is reflected in the journal’s full title: Bauhaus Magazine for Design. To illustrate his distinction between a merely stylistic and a genuinely constructive functionalist design, Gabo contrasts a series of stylistically distinct lamps (beginning with the 17th-century French chandelier pictured here) with a series of constructively different lamps, “where the technician, the engineer approaches these things not with intentions to “design” but instead with purely constructive priorities” (4). Image courtesy of the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.
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From the Bauhaus Magazine (1928, Heft 4, p2). The question mark that so provocatively punctuates the title of Gabo’s article (“Design?”) questions the identity and mission of the Bauhaus itself, as is reflected in the journal’s full title: Bauhaus Magazine for Design. To illustrate his distinction between a merely stylistic and a genuinely constructive functionalist design, Gabo contrasts a series of stylistically distinct lamps (beginning with the 17th-century French chandelier pictured here) with a series of constructively different lamps, “where the technician, the engineer approaches these things not with intentions to “design” but instead with purely constructive priorities” (4). Image courtesy of the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.

Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6601
Print ISSN
1071-6068
Pages
779-798
Launched on MUSE
2011-02-16
Open Access
No
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