The Bauhaus Design School                                                     Art Deco


These lectures explore the relationship between Art, Beauty and Design

Art Deco

Art Deco emerged after WW II and swept the world in its appeal.  It was a time of major societal changes and when design principles were beginning to be understood and applied.  This allowed the mass production of beautiful products at affordable prices.  This talk explores Art Deco's early influences and how the commercial imperatives of large scale commissions expanded the style.  Finally we look at some beautiful examples of the style.

Creating Objects of Desire

What makes a product attractive and desirable?  Why do some products sweep the world and others disappear without trace?  Good design is at the heart of the answer to these questions.  This lecture explains the link between art and design covering the historical, philosophical, psychological, mathematical, practical and the humorous elements involved in design.  The basic elements and principles of design are explained and explored together with a look at design where things went wrong. 

From Art to Design

Everybody has an opinion as to what is beautiful but can they define what it is that makes a thing beautiful?  Here we look at historical and present day attempts to define and measure beauty and how these attempts were applied in practical ways.  It explores how design emerged as a study subject and looks at some influential key figures and organisations.  Finally, we look at some design classics and the basis of their inspirations.

The Bauhaus School  of Design

Good design is now accepted as an essential element in the commercial success of any product.  The Bauhaus Design School was without doubt the most influential design school of the 20th Century.  This lecture examines the artistic, social and political influences that led to the establishment of the Bauhaus.  It shows how the Bauhaus led the way in design using new materials and techniques to produce stunningly beautiful yet practical and affordable products.  Finally it describes the work of the amazing Marianne Brandt who entered the Bauhaus as a student and became a Master of Form Director.