From sleek glass and steel skyscrapers to the matte black minimalism  
of high-end stereo components to the familiar pictograms for men’s and  
ladies’ washrooms - in thousands, maybe millions of ways, the look and  
feel of life today traces back to a single design school in Germany  
that existed for only 14 years, from 1919 to 1933.

Next year’s 90th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus—literally  
"house of building" or "building school"—promises to bring many books,  
exhibitions and seminars about its founders, its principles and its  
pervasive influence, but nowhere more than in the three German cities  
where the school operated in its brief existence: Weimar, Dessau and