From one of the leading authorities on the Bauhaus and modernism, a deft, entertaining, and wide-ranging meditation on the iPhone as direct descendant of the 1930’s school of art and design, whose principle aim was to connect art and industry. The Bauhaus was not a style, but an attitude: clear design and visual acuity as the embodiment of morality and honesty. iBauhaus explores how the iPhone, with its effective design and its versatility, honors these deepest beliefs, as well as the values that the Bauhaus sought to give to the world.
Nicholas Fox Weber is an authority and celebrant of 20th century modernism, ranging from the architecture of Le Corbusier to the paintings of Mondrian. He was a close associate of Anni and Josef Albers, the last living giants of the Bauhaus, and absorbed firsthand the truest beliefs of the Bauhaus. The Alberses emphasized their passion for “good design over bad art.” Anni, a groundbreaking textile artist and printmaker, and Josef, a painter and color theorist and influential art teacher, stuck to “what was taught at the Bauhaus: the right use of materials, good technique, a purpose that serves all.”
Alfred A. Knopf will publish the book in North America on February 25, 2020. His next book is Mondrian, also coming from Knopf.