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Bauhaus Bauspiel

Construction Set
1988 (manufactured), 1923 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This wooden construction set was originally designed at the Bauhaus school in Germany by Alma Siedhoff-Buscher in 1923, who had designed brightly coloured, functional furniture and toys for a nursery room in the ‘Haus am Horn’, a show house designed by Georg Muche and built for the Wiemar Bauhaus exhibition in 1923. Each room in the house had specially designed furnishings and hardware created in the Bauhaus workshops.

Set up in 1919, the Bauhaus school had a massive influence upon subsequent developments in art, architecture and modern design. This set was manufactured in Switzerland in 1988.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Painted wood
Brief Description
Set of Bauspiel construction blocks designed by Alma Siedhoff-Buscher and made by Naef Spielzeug in Switzerland in the 1980s
Physical Description
A plain cardboard box with cream coloured label showing four coloured illustrations to be made with the set.There is a cream coloured information sheet in German, French and English on "The Bauhaus and its various effects upon art". The set contains red, white, yellow, blue and green painted wooden blocks. There is one large curved block, two half arches, two rectangular blocks of different lengths, four triangular blocks, Five cubes, one cylinder, two flatter rectangular blocks, two sticks and three square blocks. The set contains twenty two blocks in all.
Dimensions
  • Height: 180mm
  • Width: 400mm (Note: Measurements taken with the object assembled as the object list for Play Gallery, MoC)
  • Depth: 250mm
the pieces vary in size
Styles
Production typeMass produced
Marks and Inscriptions
'naef' (on green rectangular block and on side of box)
Credit line
Given by Mr Anthony Burton
Production
Reason For Production: Retail
Summary
This wooden construction set was originally designed at the Bauhaus school in Germany by Alma Siedhoff-Buscher in 1923, who had designed brightly coloured, functional furniture and toys for a nursery room in the ‘Haus am Horn’, a show house designed by Georg Muche and built for the Wiemar Bauhaus exhibition in 1923. Each room in the house had specially designed furnishings and hardware created in the Bauhaus workshops.



Set up in 1919, the Bauhaus school had a massive influence upon subsequent developments in art, architecture and modern design. This set was manufactured in Switzerland in 1988.
Collection
Accession Number
MISC.529-1988

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record createdFebruary 18, 2004
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