Brandt will forever be associated with the ‘Bauhaus’. During the mid to late 1920’s Marianne Brandt was at the peak of her creative flow. She produced numerous designs, in quick succession, that are now considered icons of ‘Bauhaus’ design.
She was born in Germany in 1893. In 1911, Marianne went to study painting and sculpture at the Grand-ducal College of Fine Arts in Weimar, and remained there for seven years. Following her schooling, Marianne married a Norwegian painter named Erik Brandt.
The couple lived in Norway and the South of France, before joining the Weimar Bauhaus in 1923. At Bauhaus, Marianne became a student of László Moholy-Nagy, a Hungarian modernist theorist and designer, in the metal workshop. Erik Brandt returned alone to Norway, and the couple would eventually divorce 12 years later.
In 1926, Marianne Brandt became deputy head of the metalworking workshop, responsible for most important Bauhaus contracts, as well as collaborations with industry. These contracts for the production of lights and other metal workshop designs were actually one of the few workshops helping to fund the school.
Marianne Brandt was the only woman who took part in the “Metallwerkstatt” of the Bauhaus. Her objects are an excellent example of her research, which centered around ways to simplify the industrial processes of spinning and printing.
During her time at the Bauhaus, Marianne Brandt produced works have become icons of Bauhaus movement. These include her innovative designs of items such as:
- Metal ashtrays
- Tea and coffee services
- Other household objects
Brandt rose to the top of her profession in a time that is hardly renowned for sexual equality in the workplace. She achieved great success, despite the odds being stacked against her. Marianne Brandt’s work indicates a feeling of enthusiasm for modern culture.
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