This beginners guide to one of the most important contemporary design movements is drawn from Berlin’s Bauhaus Archive and written by one of the archive’s knowledgeable inmates – Magdalena Droste. This weighty tome provides an overview of all that was Bauhaus: architecture, typography, photography, product design and all-important documentation of a myriad of fancy dress costumes worn at wacky Bauhaus parties. (Yes, there were a lot of good times had until the Nazi thought-police bought things to a nasty end.)

All the Bauhaus big wigs are included: architect Walter Gropius, designer Marcel Breuer, and artists Vassily Kandinsky, and Paul Klee, both of whom were lecturers at the school. Throughout Erich Consemüller’s photographs provide an enduring record of daily life at the institution. See here for book details.