Bauhaus design bench D51-3
wood veneerfabricwith backrest

Bauhaus design bench
Bauhaus design bench
Bauhaus design bench
Bauhaus design bench
Bauhaus design bench
Bauhaus design bench
Bauhaus design bench
Bauhaus design bench
Bauhaus design bench
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Bauhaus design
wood veneer, fabric
with backrest
with armrests
Ecological characteristics
by Walter Gropius
Number of places
3-seater, 4-seater

190 cm (74.8 in)

Seat height

46 cm (18 in)

Seat depth

56 cm (22 in)


Simple elegance is the hallmark of the two-seater D51-2 sofa from 1922/23. One could also say: a virtually uncompromising attitude. Streamlined to perfection, it is geared to no other purpose than to seating two or three people. The details make the design – rounded corners casually encompass the sitter, the legs are set astride giving them an almost human appearance. The individual elements seem to be lined up as if by a ruler. The sofa and its backrest create a clear rhythm in the room, which is amplified by the upholstery fabrics. Instead of sinking into luxuriant cushions, you are borne on flat upholstery elements that could be floating parts of the kind favoured by constructivist artists. Gropius not only knew how to express the creative upheaval of the era in design but also created a conceptual framework for it. Comprising a chair and two-seater sofa, the collection was intended for the vestibule of the Fagus factory, where Gropius pushed wide open the door to modernity. “In his eternal curiosity man learned to dissect his world with the scalpel of the scientist, and in the process has lost his balance and his sense of unity,” believed the architect, and created an integrative architectural icon. As it happened, over the course of time, this story was interwoven with Tecta’s story. Axel Bruchhäuser, partner of the company since 1972 and an important witness of the Bauhaus generation, recalls: “We sat in the foyer on chairs by Walter Gropius, of which the owners knew nothing at all.
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