“But most important to one’s own growth is to see oneself leave the safe ground of accepted conventions and to find oneself alone and self-dependent. It is an adventure which can permeate one’s whole being. Self-confidence can grow. And a longing for excitement can be satisfied without external means, within oneself; for creating is the most intense excitement one can come to know.” ― Anni Albers
Located near Asheville, North Carolina, the Bauhaus-inspired Black Mountain College was only in operation for twenty-three years, but the artists who taught and studied there are celebrated to this day. Some of the most influential designers of the late 20th century came out of the program like Josef and Anni Albers, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Walter Gropius, Buckminster Fuller, Dorothea Rockburne, Robert Rauschenberg, Ruth Asawa, and Jacob Lawrence to name a few. They were instrumental in their influences on Modern and Mid-Century design and designers of these movements. Natalie credits much of her schooling and design training to this unique institution, as her interdisciplinary training at the School of Design at North Carolina State University (her alma mater) grew out of programing from the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College. Our own design philosophies and practices at Alabama Chanin are rooted deeply in many Bauhaus ideologies and practices, but we’ll save that for another day.
This week we take a look into Black Mountain College, the artists, and the works of two designers and artists who are inspiring us right now: Anni Albers and Ruth Asawa. These women’s groundbreaking works have transcended artistic styles and time and are sources of inspiration for Natalie and our team.
On Design: The School of Bauhaus + Creative Process on the Journal
On Design: Ray and Charles Eames on the Journal
In Alabama: From the archives, “Y’all Hear ’bout the Alabama Bauhaus?” Featured in Architects + Artisans, 2010.
Explore our newly updated Leisure Collection and find inspirations along the way.