Bauhaus Lab
Global Modernism Studies

The aim of the Bauhaus Lab is to create an interdisciplinary research community which addresses a topic from the field of global modernism over a three-month period. International career entrants and postgraduates from the fields of architecture and design as well as young curators and design researchers can apply. The eight participants are selected by an international jury.

Each Bauhaus Lab focuses on a modern design object that simultaneously serves as a thematic anchor and starting point for the collective mission of research. The programme is held in English and is free of charge. At the end of the three-month period the findings will be presented in the framework of a joint exhibition at the Bauhaus Dessau.

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Das Bauhaus Lab In den Archiven der University of East Anglia, Norwich, 17.5.2016 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Lehner, Madelaine Sillfors, Lia Tostes
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Das Bauhaus Lab auf Exkursion, New York, 2016 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Lehner, Madelaine Sillfors, Lia Tostes
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Das Bauhaus Lab auf Exkursion, Lincoln, 2016 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Lehner, Madelaine Sillfors, Lia Tostes
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Das Bauhaus Lab auf Exkursion, Lincoln, 2016 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Lehner, Madelaine Sillfors, Lia Tostes

Bauhaus Lab 2017

Bauhaus Lab Motiv 2017

Between Chairs
Dialogues on Craft and Design

16 May until 17 August 2017

The Bauhaus Lab 2017 takes the seating combination designed on a summer course in 1965 by Hans Gugelot, Professor of Design at the Ulm School of Design (HfG Ulm), in collaboration with students of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad as the starting point for research into transcultural dialogues on the relationship between craft and design. The international cooperation between the Ulm School of Design and the NID, which included reciprocal tutor and student exchanges, focused on questions pertaining to the education of designers as mediators between the local culture of things and universal design. Based on the aforementioned seating combination, which in material, construction and fabrication followed local craft traditions and at the same time addressed questions of contemporary design, the Lab’s participants research the dialogue between the two cultural institutions at that time.

The Bauhaus Lab forms a three-month research community comprising eight international participants – young professionals working in the fields of design and architecture as designers, curators or researchers. In the Bauhaus Lab 2017 they will carry out research on location in Ulm and Ahmedabad and collectively construct an installation in the Bauhaus Dessau that updates the discussions held in the 1960s on the ‘rediscovery of the domain of making’ (Otl Aicher).


About the Ulm School of Design and the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

The Ulm School of Design was founded in 1953 by Inge Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill. With its experimental approach and distinct design vocabulary it was often regarded internationally as the successor to the Bauhaus. The foundation of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad in 1961 was an expression of the particular importance of design for a modern India. The educational programme was internationally orientated and the collaboration with the Ulm School of Design came about as a result of this. While the Ulm School of Design closed in 1968, the National Institute of Design remains active to this day.


Following the traces of the „India Lounge“ by Hans Gugelot the research group of the Bauhaus Lab visited the Archive of the Ulm School of Design in May 2017.

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Bauhaus Lab 2017 auf Exkursion, Ulm, 2017 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau
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Bauhaus Lab 2017 auf Exkursion, Ulm, 2017 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau
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Bauhaus Lab 2017 on excursion, Ulm, 2017 / Bauhaus Foundation Dessau