These wooden Bauhaus Building Blocks, designed by Alma Siedhoff-Buscher at Bauhaus in the 1920s, was part of a series of toys to reflect a growing interest in the educational impact of good design on children. The set consists of 22 wooden pieces of different shapes, sizes and colours. They were carefully designed to stimulate children's imaginations through exploring the unlimited combinations of forms and colours available.
Dimensions: Length (largest piece): 25 cm / Box: 27 x 6,5 x 4 cm
Alma Siedhoff-Buscher was involved with Bauhaus between 1922 and 1927. Along with Marianne Brandt of the metal workshop, she was one of only a few women to be successful at the Bauhaus outside the textile workshop. She believed strongly in the educational impact design could have on children, and all her early work was in this area. She rejected fairy tales as "an unnecessary burden for small brains" and tried to create toys that were "clear and specific" and "as harmonious as possible" in their proportions. The blocks were created after she had designed a children's room and furniture for the Bauhaus exhibition of 1923.