The Bauhaus Teapot by Marianne Brandt is an iconic example of the interplay between art and functionality that is at the heart of Bauhaus design. Designed in 1924 by German designer Marianne Brandt (1893-1983), this teapot is a prime example of the avant-garde aesthetic and principles of the Bauhaus school.
Marianne Brandt studied at the Bauhaus in Weimar and later in Dessau, becoming the first woman to work in the school's metal workshop. Under the direction of László Moholy-Nagy, she developed her signature style, characterized by geometric forms and functionalist approaches. Throughout her career, Brandt contributed significantly to the development of industrial design, creating a wide range of objects, including lamps, ashtrays, and household appliances.
The Bauhaus teapot is one of her most famous works. It is made of silver and features ebony details. Its design features a cubist-like geometric shape that stands out from the traditional ornate teapots of its time. The clean lines and simplicity of the design are an expression of Bauhaus principles, focusing on function and material.
The teapot is not only an aesthetic masterpiece, but also a functional utilitarian object. The round shape of the teapot body allows the water to heat evenly, while the wide ebony handle insulates and provides a secure grip. The lid of the pot is designed to stay in place when pouring the tea and not fall off. Overall, Marianne Brandt's Bauhaus teapot embodies the harmonious combination of form and function that is so central to Bauhaus design.
Today, the teapot is a coveted collector's item and is featured in many major design and art exhibitions around the world. Reproductions and replicas of the teapot are also available, allowing lovers of Bauhaus design to appreciate this unique piece in their own homes. The Bauhaus Teapot by Marianne Brandt remains an outstanding example of the innovative and visionary ideas that shaped Bauhaus design, and is an inspiring testament to the creativity of a talented designer.
This pot belongs to the tea and coffee set designed by Marianne Brandt in 1924. There is only one complete set known. The teapot, on the other hand, is in several museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which kindly provided us with a technical drawing from which our reproduction was made.
The Marianne Brandt teapot is the part of the set that most strictly follows the formal principles of the Bauhaus school. Circle, globe and square are the basic shapes of the design.
Since 1986 in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Ney York.
Design: Marianne Brandt, 1924
Material: Sterling Silver 925/1000, ebony