Otti Berger “Weaving for Modernist Architecture”

Berger, Otti
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag
Binding: Hardback
Language: English
Pages: 352
Measurements: 22.30 x 31.50 cm

Otti Berger created fabrics that fundamentally changed the understanding of what textiles could be and do. A core member of the experimental approach to textiles at the Bauhaus, she also was a female entrepreneur in the frenzied time that was the early 1930s in Berlin. Working closely with architects of the New Objectivity movement such as Lilly Reich, Ludwig Hilberseimer and Hans Scharoun, she designed upholstery and wall tapestries, curtains and floor coverings that responded to novel types of use and production methods, and thereby redefined the relationship between aesthetics and function – with fascinating results. To date Berger’s textile work has only been explored in fragments. This book is the first comprehensive study of its complexity and beauty and makes her hitherto unpublished treatise on fabrics and the methodology of textile production accessible. By systematically arranging the fabrics according to their application, Raum’s research offers an entirely new perspective on Berger’s oeuvre that emphasizes the craftsmanship and entrepreneurial side of her work, and appreciates the largely unrecognized significance of textiles in the history of architecture and design.