Nerd Alert

Gropius House

My undergraduate degree is in Art and Visual Culture. Now what does that mean? Well, in a liberal arts school that means Art History in addition to a few courses in studio art, the humanities, sciences, and of course mathematics for good measure. #itsagreatdaytobeabobcat So in other words, I really didn’t receive any formal education in interior design. After taking on just two harsh years in the real world — the streets of Boston, I decided it was time to get back to the protection of the familiar academic bubble. Being the curious learner that I am, I decided to take a course this fall in none other than “the history of interior design and furniture.” #back2school Shocking, I know. On our most recent field trip, we toured the famous Gropius House! Loved. For those who are not familiar with the man, the legend Mr. Walter Gropius, well let me tell you. First, he was really in the truest sense of the expression, “a game changer” in terms of both architecture and interior design practices for his time. He founded the German design school known as the Bauhaus and is credited as one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. Yeah. What can you say you’ve accomplished today? Boycotting the Starbucks holiday cup?…Well, that’s noteworthy too. 😉

The Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts exhibits the work of furniture designer, Marcel Breuer. Our current collection at Room & Board contains modern adaptations of his work. I was thrilled to see our Lange Chair featured as Mr. Gropius’s primary dinning chair. Awesome. My course started with the Egyptians and now we are coming up on the English Renaissance time period. The more we cover in class, the more I grow to appreciate the roots of many of the pieces I surround myself with everyday in our Boston showroom. #nerdlalert