Rewind to Germany in 1919, when an arts and crafts school was formed that would go on to have a profound effect, not just on the arts but on architecture and interior design too. The name of that school? The Bauhaus.

Sofa upholstered in Icons Fabrics Abstract 1928 Multi 322670, from Dh732 per linear metre, Zoffany at Style Library

The school was inspired by the philosophical modernism movement, which arose during the late 19th century and had a wide-scale effect on cultural trends in Western society. From this, the artists’ ideas transpired into the signature look of The Bauhaus – abstract impressions from circular shapes, angular framework and colour blocking – that we associate with Bauhaus today.

Go for monochrome with this bath mat and towels, Dh79 each, H&M Home

While The Bauhaus school closed in 1933, its influence remained far-reaching and continues to this day. The movement’s sparse aesthetic of clean lines and abstract shapes is bold and playful, yet defined and no-nonsense. In 2019, its signature style adds an artistic, graphic look to interiors and encourages the application of statement accents and bold colour.


Layer shape-shifting cushions and rugs from John Lewis’ spring/summer collection; cushions from Dh166, rugs from Dh1,522

For an easy update, swap your cushions, throws or rug with a version that sports colourful, abstract square-and-circle patterns, or ceramics with a simplistic, round silhouette and retro style. Try hanging a Bauhaus-inspired rug or throw on the wall to create an artistic feature. If you’re embracing the botanical trend, look for planters with a rounded Bauhaus shape in a block colour.

Add a statement accent with this Grid daybed in brick and coral, Dh20,953, Petite Friture

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