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Rediscovering the Bauhaus’s lost dorm room blankets (and the woman who designed them)

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30.05.2019

If you visited one of the Bauhaus dormitories in Dessau in the late 1920s, you would have noticed a blanket that was simple, beautiful and functional, in keeping with the principles of the Bauhaus movement. These Prellerhaus blankets, named for one of the dormitories in the Bauhaus Dessau campus, featured a graphic pattern of stripes in various shades of brown that would give a bedroom a modern, orderly look. They were originally crafted out of rayon, a plastic-based fiber that was considered cutting-edge at the time because it was more durable than organic fibers like wool or cotton.

Gunta Stölz [Photo: courtesy Wallace Sewell]The blankets were designed by Gunta Stölzl, the head of the Bauhaus weaving workshop, in 1926. More than 100 blankets were handwoven at the time by students in the workshop, but all of them have since been lost. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus’s founding, a London design studio called Wallace Sewell, founded by artists Harriett Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell, is bringing these blankets back to life with the help of Stölzl own daughter, Monica Stadler.

According to Dezeen, the team recreated the original design by carefully studying archival drawings, photographs, swatches, and a copy of the blanket produced........

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