Naef Bauhaus Miniature Cradle

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Naef Bauhaus Cradle / Bauhaus Wiege
New in box, made in Germany
Presented in a classic cardboard gift box, perfect for gift-giving.

Designed by Peter Keler, 1922

One hundred years after the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, another Bauhaus replica now enriches the Naef product range: a miniature version of Peter Keler's cradle. This collector's item is a replica of the historic cradle designed by Peter Keler in 1922 during his apprenticeship at the Bauhaus. The small cradle is congruent to the original in color, shape and proportions at a of scale lil, and to a large extent, is carefully hand crafted. The original cradle of that time can be seen in the Bauhaus Museum Weimar, when it isn't on tour with their worldwide exhibitions. Since the mid-1970s, the cradle has been produced by Tecta as an , Original Bauhaus model". The first coloured design drawing is in the Tecta Kragstuhl Museum. The cradle was designed by Peter Keler for the bedroom furnishings in the show home „Am Horn". The desig is rigid, the look colorful. The basic geometrical shapes of the rectangle, triangle and circle define the design and the color choice reveals the influence of the former teachers at the Bauhaus. According to the color theory of Wassily Kandinsky and Johannes Itten, the primary colors red, yellow and blue correspond to the elementary geometric forms rectangle, triangle and circle respectively. The strict geometric design is broke by two woven rattan surfaces on either side of the bed. These are not decorative elements, but allow for air circulation within the cradle. This reduced form and color language in the service of function was likely provocative at the time. Today, the cradle is a symbol of Bauhaus design.

Peter Keler (1898 - 1982) was a multi-faceted artist from the student generation of the Bauhaus. He worked as a painter, graphic designer, furniture designer, interior designer and architect. Peter Keler was born in 1898 in Kiel, Germany. From 1919 to 1921 he studied at the Kiel School of Applied Arts before joining the Bauhaus in Weimar as a student. There he explored painting, color design and carpentry while attending the courses of Josef Albers, John Itten, Oskar Schlemmer and Wassily Kandinsky. After completing his training, he worked at the Bauhaus in a permanent position as an "Etatgeselle" (fix-payed assistant) and was responsible for the color design of buildings and rooms. Among his projects were the office floor of the Fagus factory in Alfeld an der Leine and the management room of Walter Gropius in the main building of the Bauhaus. After the relocation of the Bauhaus to Dessau in 1925, Peter Keler stayed in Weimar. He opened a studio for graphic arts, applied painting and interior design and also created models for type-specific seating. In 1927 he began working as a freelancer in Dresden. After a study trip through Europe, he moved to Berlin in 1937. Between 1937 and 1945, the National Socialists issued an exhibition ban. During this time he worked as a freelance architect. After the war, he was appointed to the newly founded College of Architecture and Fine Arts in Weimar where he taught drawing, color design, architecture and museum and exhibition design until his retirement. He simultaneously worked as an architect and after 1965 spent increasingly more time painting. Peter Keler died in 1982 in Weimar.

Material: wood, wicker, metal, felt
Size: 5.18" x 5.51"
Weight: 12 oz.
Age 14+
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