1919

Bauhaus Opens

The First Bauhaus School
1919

The Bauhaus opens its doors to students, bringing together the study of fine art and practical applications such as architecture, industrial design and typography for the first time.

1925

Moves to Dessau

The Bauhaus moves to Dessau

The Bauhaus moves to Dessau, occupying the now famous, purpose built building designed by its founder Walter Gropius.

1926

Modern Tendencies at Heal's

Heal's Modern Tendencies Poster supporting Bauhaus Design

Heal’s hosts the first Modern Tendencies exhibition in The Mansard Gallery on the fourth floor of their Tottenham Court Road shop, it was here that Ambrose Heal chose to launch works by the Bauhaus to Britain.

New synthetic substances - steel, concrete, glass - are actively superseding the traditional raw materials of construction.
- WALTER GROPIUS, ARCHITECT AND FOUNDER OF THE BAUHAUS
1930

Metal furniture at Heal’s

Heal's Metal & Glass poster

Chromium-plated tubular metal furniture is first sold at Heal’s, at the time Ambrose Heal is called ‘modish and Mayfairish…at the expense of logical design’.

1933

Bauhaus director flees the Nazis

Portrait of Mies Van Der Rohe

Mies van der Rohe, the last director of the Bauhaus, is forced by the new Nazi regime to close the Bauhaus. Over the next years, five Bauhaus Masters and over a dozen students escape to England.

1936

Seven Architects Exhibition

Heal's Poster for the Seven Architects Exhibition

An attempt to make design-led pieces accessible and a decade after the first Modern Tendencies exhibition made its debut, Heal’s held their Seven Architects exhibition, featuring iconic pieces by Bauhaus designer Marcel Breuer.

Each material has its specific characteristics which we must understand if we want to use it. This is no less true of steel and concrete.
- WALTER GROPIUS, ARCHITECT AND FOUNDER OF THE BAUHAUS
1968

‘50 Years Bauhaus’

Poster for 50 years of Bauhaus - held at the Royal Academy

The exhibition ‘50 Years Bauhaus’ opens at the Royal Academy. Walter Gropius visits the exhibition and London for the last time in his life.

1968

‘Heal’s has it first’

Heal's have it first newspaper clipping from the Daily Times

Originally designed in 1929, Heal’s is the first UK retailer to sell Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair as we know it today, sparking a campaign reinforcing their reputation as the UK’s first design destination.

1980

Metal is mainstream again

Goth-rock album cover from band Bauhaus

The 1980s saw a revival of Marcel Breuer’s Bauhaus tubular steel furniture in Postmodern interiors, and also the chart success of the Goth rock group ‘Bauhaus’, first formed in Northampton in 1978 under the name ‘Bauhaus 1919’

Modern architecture is not a style, it’s an attitude.
- MARCEL BREUER, ARCHITECT, DESIGNER AND BAUHAUS STUDENT
1994

Bauhaus Dessau Foundation established

Bauhaus Foundation Building, Dessau

After the reunification of Germany in 1990, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation was established in 1994. The East German government recognised the importance of the Bauhaus in the 1970s and saved the buildings.

2014

Isokon Gallery opens

Isokon Gallery in Belsize Park

The Isokon Gallery opens on the 80th anniversary of the now-iconic Isokon Building in Belsize Park. Designed by Canadian architect Wells Coates, the building was home to notable Bauhaus luminaries including Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Lászlo Moholy-Nagy.

2019

'Less is more'

Limited Edition Barcelona chair available exclusively at Heal's

Knoll re-launches at Heal’s with an innovatively styled space, hailing the special edition Barcelona Chair marking the centenary of the foundation of the Bauhaus school.

Being creative is not so much the desire to do something as the listening to that which wants to be done: the dictation of the materials.
- ANNI ALBERS, TEXTILE ARTIST, PRINTMAKER AND BAUHAUS STUDENT