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Shapes of Bauhaus

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Make your own Bauhaus style diorama sculptures

Represent buildings, architecture silhouettes, forms of things, experiment at taste on a wooden base landscape, or create the classic Small Ship from the Bauhaus school.

Including 19 Bauhaus geometric pieces and an elm wood base with five lanes, to come up with new artworks every day, you are the artist. Slide the pieces on the grooves, make them stand, and enjoy creating different combinations!

Experiment and display, there is no stencil, just a portable base to compose your art in 3D, refresh it everyday.

Laser-cut acryl with a mirror-like finish, pieces are smooth and light. Comes wrapped inside a cardboard gift box showing design ideas.

Not recommended for children under 7.

Other Artsy ‘Shapes’ of available clicking here.

This is a rendition to the women of the Staatliches Bauhaus School in their effort to bring the artistic movement down to earth, in an interactive an educational way that would bring a conscience of harmony for the present and the future.

Notably inspired by Alma Siedhoff-Buscher's Kleine Schiffbauspiel "Little ship-building game", from 1923, which consisted of 32 coloured wooden pieces to make essential figures of daily things: boats, houses, cars...


Dimensions (base):
39 x 8 x 0.9 cm
15.3 x 3.1 x 0.35 in

Weight (boxed):
214 g / 0.47 lbs

certified elm wood & methacrylate

1 x elm wood base with five grooves
19 x different sized and colored methacrylate geometrical figures

Laser cut and assembled in Barcelona



Siedhoff-Buscher's original shipbuilding game at a 2016 exhibition in Tokyo.

Four years after the foundation of the Dessau Design Academy in 1919, the Bauhaus School had its first exhibition to the open public. As part of this presentation, student Alma Siedhoff-Busher designed furniture for the Children's Room in the Haus am Horn in Weimar, as well as a puppet theater and children's toys, including the 'Big' and 'Small Shipbuilding game'. This construction toy was so successful that it was decided afterwards that it would be produced and distributed in various variations by the Bauhaus wood workshops, of which Alma was part.

Beyond a pioneering example of functional design based on simple geometric shapes (very in accordance with its time), it is a masterpiece with educational purposes for children to experiment with building and combining creative skills. It has a Montessori School toy feel to it, an educational construction toy character, so sought after years later by Lego's or Playmobile's, and it is this same function what the toy has been serving for the last +90 years. 

You can buy a modern version of the original Ship Building toy with 22 colored wood pieces on the Official Bauhaus Movement website here.