Basic Information• Born in Chemnitz, Germany on 6th November 1893• Brandt is best known for being the first woman Bauhaus designer. Moholy-Nagy called her his "best and most ingenious student,“.
Work, Education & Life Events• 1911-17: Studies painting and sculpture at the Royal Saxon Academy for the Fine Arts.• 1919: Married Erik Brandt, a Norwegian painter, in Christiana. The Brandts lived in Norway and the South of France, before joining the Weimar Bauhaus in 1923. They divorced in 1935.• 1917-23: Works as free lace artist.• 1924: Attends the Vorkus (foundation course), Weimer.
• 1925-26: Trainee in the machine shop run by the Bauhaus (from 1925 in Dessau); during this period mainly designs metal objects for domestic use.• 1927-29: Deputy manager of the machine shop; concerns herself primarily with designing light fittings for various companies.• 1929: Bauhaus diploma; employed briefly by Walter Gropius’s firm in Berlin.
• 1930-33: Artistic assistant at the metal ware factory Rupplewerk, Gotha.• 1933-49: Works as freelace artist.• 1949-54: Employed as teacher at the state school for Applied Arts, Dresden and the School for the Applied Arts, Berlin- Weissensee.• 1983: Passes away at the age of 89 on June 18th in Kirchbery, Saxony.
Influences• László Moholy-Nagy was a significant influence on Marianne as she spent her time at the workshop. He was fond of her work and ideas and Marianne looked up to him almost like an inspiration for the way she designed. She continued her training at the Bauhaus in Dessau and continued her work in the metal workshop with László Moholy-Nagy
Mariannes Designs• Brandt’s designs for metal ashtrays, tea and coffee services, lamps and other household objects are now recognized as among the best of both Weimar and Dessau Bauhaus. Further, they were among the few Bauhaus designs to be mass-produced during the interwar period, and several of them are currently available as reproductions.
Interesting Facts• She made a very vast amount of different types of lamps.• Although she was extremely talented and successful at the Bauhaus, Marianne Brandt never managed to establish herself as a self-employed industrial designer.
How has she influenced Design• Marianne Brandt, whose leadership in the metal department resulted in the schools most profitable division.• She contributed to the recognition of Females as legitimate designers.
APA Referencing• Corbin, D (2008, July 15). Retreieved April 10, 2013 from http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T010924• Marianne Brandt. (2013). Retrieved April 10, 2013, from bauhaus- online.de/en/atlas/personen/marianne-brandt.• Dearstyne H. & Spaeth D. (1986) Inside the Bauhaus. Rizzioli- New York• Neumann E. (1993) Bauhaus and Bauhaus People. Van Nostrand Reinhold- New York• Albus V., Kras R. & Woodham J. M. (Unkown) Icons of Design The 20th Century. Prestel- Munich, London, New York.