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617
Walter Gropius
"BAUHAUSDRÜCKER", TWENTY PAIRS OF DOOR HANDLES AND DOOR PLATES FROM THE DAMMERSTOCK SIEDLUNG, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 31,200 USD
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617
Walter Gropius
"BAUHAUSDRÜCKER", TWENTY PAIRS OF DOOR HANDLES AND DOOR PLATES FROM THE DAMMERSTOCK SIEDLUNG, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 31,200 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Important 20th Century Design

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Walter Gropius
"BAUHAUSDRÜCKER", TWENTY PAIRS OF DOOR HANDLES AND DOOR PLATES FROM THE DAMMERSTOCK SIEDLUNG, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY

designed 1923 at the Bauhaus, Dessau


brass and nickel-plated brass
2 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (6.3 x 11.5 cm)
ca. 1928
manufactured by S.A. Loewy, Berlin
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Literature

Hans Wichmann, Industrial Design, Unikate, Serienerzeugnisse. Die Neue Sammlung: Ein neuer Museumstyp des 20. Jahrhunderts, Munich, 1985, p. 227
Siegfried Gronert, Türdrücker der Moderne, Cologne, 1991, pp. 20, 21, 23, 24
Bauhaus Archiv, Die Metall Werkstatt am Bauhaus, Berlin, 1992, p. 208

Catalogue Note

The Dammerstock Siedlung, a unique housing complex in Karlsruhe, was designed in 1928 to alleviate the city's severe housing shortage.  Walter Gropius was chosen to be the artistic director for this project.  He applied the principles of Neues Bauen  (New Building) which is represented in clean simple forms, flat roofs, and simplified window elements.  The apartments were small with a modern functional structure.  These twenty pairs of door handles designed by Walter Gropius came directly from these buildings.  The simple functional design of these Bauhausdrücker has made them a classic of the 20th century. 

Important 20th Century Design

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