Final Project: The study of Walter Gropius through 3D Printing

First floor - Table and Couch - Teaset

"[The Bauhaus teaches] the common citizenship of all forms of creative work and their logical interdependence upon one another." Walter Gropius

Gropius espoused the integration of design at many scales. The Bauhaus "brought together in a cooperative setting many talented artists, architects, and craftsmen." This integration of artisans allowed them to share their training, and study each other's work. They gained proficiency in, and an appreciation of many areas and scales of work as a result.

In his own house, Gropius collaborated with many designers to achieve the end result. He and Marcel Breuer designed the furniture. He commissioned works of art from Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. He himself designed the flatware and tableware, including a tea set.

The goal of my final project has been to recreate, using digital methods, some of the designs from the Gropius House at three scales. At the architectural scale, I have modeled a large portion of the first floor. At the furniture scale, models of the Gropius - Breuer table and couch have been built. And at the scale of dishware, a replica of the teapot from the tea service has been produced. These have all been modeled, rendered, and printed.

All of this provides insights into the work of Gropius, and also insight into how designers using today's technology could follow the same design principles espoused by Gropius eighty years ago. The actual 3D models are very useful. More than renderings, you can get a very good sense of the physicality of the final object very easily. But renderings are also useful in making design decisions. Examples of each are provided for each element.

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