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History of Design – To Bauhaus and Beyond

For this week, I really like the works of Piet Mondrian. One of the founders of the Dutch modern movement De Stilj, Mondrian is recognized for the purity of his abstractions and methodical practice. He radically simplified the elements of his paintings to reflect what he saw as the spiritual order underlying the visible world, creating a clear, universal aesthetic language within his canvases.

In his best known paintings from the 1920s, Mondrian reduced his shapes to lines and rectangles and his palette to fundamental basics pushing past references to the outside world toward pure abstraction. His use of asymmetrical balance and a simplified pictorial vocabulary were crucial in the development of modern art, and his iconic abstract works remain influential in design and familiar in popular culture to this day.

Personally I like the geometry and contrast of the lines, together with the primary color and makes it enticingly vibrant to look at.

Today, there are many contemporary products and art pieces inspired by Mondrian’s works. Across fields of interior, product and even fashion design, the Mondrian aesthetics can be incorporated to create an endless possibilities of designs.