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Mathieu Lauweriks was an influential figure in the period between Jugendstil and the Bauhaus. He made applied art socially acceptable in architecture. In the early 1900s, he designed the interior for two exhibitions.

In 1909, the architect, theosophist and designer J.L.M. Lauweriks designed the interior for an exhibition of Christian art in Düsseldorf. The labyrinthine play of lines on this drawing went on to become his trademark, found in decorations, railings, stained glass windows and business cards. The labyrinthine motif is also visible, for example, in the work of J.J.P. Oud (site office Oud Mathenesse, 1922) and De Bazel (Nederlandse Handelmaatschappij Amsterdam, 1919-1926).

A few years later, in 1914, he designed an exhibition of The Deutscher Werkbund in Cologne. The Werkbund was established in Munich in 1907 by architects and designers, aiming to improve education in the applied arts and the quality of products by forging closer ties between art and industry. In doing so, they were at the forefront of the later Bauhaus movement. In Cologne, Henry van de Velde’s theatre construction was shown, alongside a model factory by Adolf Meyer and Walter Gropius, and the glass pavilion of Bruno Taut. The space given to Lauweriks was also used to exhibit curtain materials, with which he clad the walls and ceiling, partly in order to mask the temporary construction of the main hall.


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