Deutscher Werkbund

Img.: Fagus Building by Walter Gropius 1911

A German association of manufacturers and architects, inspired by Hermann Muthesius and including architects and designers such as Peter Behrens, Walter Gropius and Henry van de Velde.

It was formed in Munich in 1907 with the aim of 'selecting the best representatives of art, industry, crafts and trades, of combining all efforts towards high quality in industrial work, and of forming a rallying point for all those who are able and willing to work for high quality.'

The Deutscher Werkbund made an important contribution to the design philosophy that afterwards inspired the Bauhaus. It collapsed under the Nazis and underwent a brief revival after the Second World War.

Foto: Karolinsky-Archive