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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses1992 (PC020404.02) ➔ The Significance of the Bauhaus Lighting Fixtures, 1923-1928


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Susan R. Beganskas (designer)
Sy Mayerson (thesis advisor)
Robert Prouse (thesis advisor)
Quentin Thomas (thesis advisor)


May 1 1992


This thesis discusses the importance of the lighting fixtures designed at the Bauhaus between the years 1923 and 1928. Included in this paper is a brief introduction to the development of the Bauhaus and the metal workshop.; factual information on each lighting fixture including: designer, date of design, materials used, design intent, and important installations; and a discussion of the significance of these lighting fixtures.

Research and analysis of this subject reveals there to be four factors which determine the significance of the Bauhaus lighting fixtures: their importance in the development of functional, industrial designs; the significant technical innovations developed along with their design; the influence on the methods of adjustability, the form, the components, and the materials used in other fixture designs and their achievement of a timeless, universal design form.

Based on analysis of these factors, this thesis concludes that the lighting fixtures designed at the Bauhaus between the years of 1923 and 1928 were significant in the history of design.



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