This is a day packed full of information and discussion about Modernism in 1930s Britain. It centres on the previously untold story of the collaboration between the Bauhaus’s Marcel Breuer (right in picture) and Bristol furniture manufacturer Crofton Gane.
Bringing the Bauhaus to Bristol established a legacy which continued post-War in the Bristol Guild of Applied Art, Bristol’s ground-breaking design shop, right down to today’s teaching methods at the University of the West of England. Speakers include the V & A’s Christopher Wilk, design historians Dr Alan Powers and Dr Oliver Kent, Isokon historians Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund, architect Max Gane, curator Chris Yeo and UWE interior design head, Phil O’Shaughnessy.
Tickets £30 (students £15) including light lunch.
Pictured Crofton Gane and Marcel Breuer (l-r) in 1958 at the Architects Association on the event of Breuer giving a talk about his new building, the UNESCO building in Paris. Breuer is cited as saying when asked which was his favourite building, the UNESCO building and the Gane Pavilion in Bristol. This picture is taken more than 20 years after the collaborations between Gane and Breuer in Bristol, but they maintained a friendship by post over the years. The photo is copyright of RIBA archives.