Peter Keler 1922 Cradle
When color marries form, as famous Bauhaus artist Wassily Kandinsky stipulated it does, the love child has to sleep in this cradle, designed by a young German apprentice. Following his master’s rules, he assigned the primary colors to geometric forms: blue to rectangles, red to circles and yellow to triangles and so arrived at a constructivist expression of this furniture piece. Using wicker sides to allow for some airflow and a heavy dowel at the bottom to prevent the cradle from rolling over, he mastered functional as well as esthetic challenges with panache. Though never serially produced, a German company re-issued it as a magazine holder more than half a century later. It is still sold today. Following his early success, the creator went on to become a versatile artist, graphic designer and architect, opening his own office and becoming a professor in Eastern Germany after the Second World War. His remarkable object signifies the rigidity and the modernity of the Bauhaus movement in an unparalleled way and showcases the trademark visual principles with impressive clarity.