Desk

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1923

GUSN

GUSN-62097

Description

Desk, three narrow drawers supported by a cupboard at left and square frame at right. Four glass shelves and wooden support brackets on the right side were broken during shipment to America. Designed by Walter Gropius for his office in the Weimar Bauhaus.

Details

Descriptive Terms

desks
birch (wood)
cherry (wood)
Modern (styles and periods)
Desk

Label

Designed by Walter Gropius for his office in the Weimar Bauhaus, this piece of furniture is the oldest in the house. It was handcrafted in the woodwork shop of the Bauhaus school in 1923. This desk served Gropius well during the years in Weimar and Dessau until 1928 when he took it to Berlin. Part of the desk, the four glass shelves and the wooden support brackets on the right side, were broken in the transport to America. They were never repaired or replaced. In 1938 when the family moved into the Lincoln house, Ati, Walter and Ise's twelve-year-old daughter, chose to have this desk in her bedroom.

Associated Building

Original to Gropius House (Lincoln, Mass.),

Maker

Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969 (Designer)
Bauhaus Carpentry Workshop (Manufacturer)

Location of Origin

Lincoln, MA, USA; Dessau, Germany

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

30 1/2 x 60 x 31 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Ise Gropius

Accession Number

1984.310

Places

Massachusetts (United States)