William Morris, Walter Gropius and Postmodern Design Comparison Essay by orise

William Morris, Walter Gropius and Postmodern Design
A comparison and contrast of William Morris' and Walter Gropius' approach to design.
# 149493 | 1,437 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | KE
Published on Dec 19, 2011 in Art (Artists)

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The paper compares and contrasts the free willed and more liberal approach depicted by the life and works of William Morris with the conservative and constructivist style of Walter Gropius. The paper then uses two images from each style to evaluate the importance of de stijl and constructivism on the development of modern design. The paper examines postmodern design and finds that these diverse approaches of design have both been embraced in the postmodern design.

Comparison and Contrast
Root of Postmodern Design and Critique of the Possible Meanings of Postmodern Design

From the Paper:

"He was born in Berlin in 1883 and is remembered as a ground breaking architect and designer as well as the founder of the Bauhaus. Having discontinued his architecture studies in Munich, he went ahead and practiced as a freelance architect who had particular interest and taste in glass walls that seemed almost weightless. Evidently, his style in design did without historism, ornaments and the use of symbolic features. His emphasis was based mainly on the functionality of basic geometric bodies. A sample of his work includes the "Faguswerk" and the "Musterfabrik" done in the early 1911. His philosophy was to learn and master the basics of design using your handiwork before you can master and use machinery for mass production and the designer should keep in touch with the progress of his work from the start to the end.
"This designer is big on the functionality of his work and the geometrical fit of planes of his work. His work is mainly focused on the busy working class - high end market where sophistication and class was key yet space is quite an issue hence the need for the geometrical fit of his work. This designer has always denied that it is in him to design instead; he says that his agenda is to establish the methodology of design."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ellen, L (2008).Graphic design: the new basics. Princeton: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Smith, T (2007). Modern design: the fabulous 50s. New York: Schiffer Pub
  • Catherine, M (2011). Modern Design: Classics of Our Time. New York: Carlton Books
  • William Morris: Design and Enterprise in Victorian Britain (1991) by Charles Harvey, Jon Press.
  • John, W (2009). The Life of William Morris: Final Attitude towards Art and History. By John William Mackail. Electric Book Company

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