Until a recent visit to the Moma's Bauhaus exhibit, I wasn't aware how influential that movement was (and the importance of the word "diaspora"). Apparently I'm a child of the Bauhaus and we're all brothers and sisters. It was pretty amazing.
Some observations:>> The commitment, desire and expectation to work across mediums and disciplines. That's a hallmark to what our teams exhibit at work, but wanting to do it and committing to do it as an individual requires another level of curiosity and risk-taking.
>> There's a difference between a studio and a workshop. This made me think about the idea of "craftspeople" and how they may differ from "tradespeople" (see Shop Class as Soulcraft). Guess which side I err towards...
>> The striking similarity of what we have, use and like today with what they were designing then. Great design is self-referential.
My favorite piece was the so-called telephone enamel pieces by László Moholy-Nagy. He didn't build it, he gave the specifications to the builder over the phone:I'm sure I missed tons of stuff and actually learned one one-thousandth of what there is to learn, so I bought a big ol' book about it to learn more. (Update: a few pages in and man I didn't understand half of it.)