HUELLAS DE LA BAUHAUS: VAN BEUREN. Museo Franz Mayer (2010) | Side Gallery

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JUL 09 2010 - SEP 05 2010

This exhibition was curated by Ana Elena Mallet who worked for 4 years on this project investigating and rescuing pieces by designer Michael Van Beuren.

Michael van Beuren was born in New York on March 18, 1911. In 1934, after the mythical Bauhaus school closed its doors as it faced Hitler's Nazi government, he participated in courses with Josef Albers and private lessons with Mies van der Rohe. He arrived in Mexico in 1937 looking for new horizons and the possibility of practicing as an untitled architect. His first jobs in the capital were a series of houses bearing the numbers 1, 2 and 3 on Liverpool Street. Once connected to the country, he realized that it would be difficult to practice without the title of architect, but that with his skill and knowledge acquired at the Bauhaus, he could venture into the furniture industry and offer Mexican society a new design offer, more according to the new times, adapted to the modern architecture that already stood out in the panorama.

In 1938 he began designing furniture with his Bauhaus colleague, the German designer Klaus Grabe, thus creating a small company that operated under the name Grabe & Van Beuren.
Later, Michael van Beuren created Domus, his first brand and probably the best known.
In 1950 Fredderick T. van Beuren, Michael's brother, took over the production part of the workshop. The business was no longer called Domus - although the brand was retained - to become Van Beuren SA de CV.

"Founder of Van Beuren furniture, one of the the first companies in Mexico to industrially produce design furniture for the Mexican market"

Towards the middle of that decade, Van Beuren, SA de CV was already able to mass produce, which allowed it to make several lines at the same time and also retain great quality.

In addition to Domus, Van Beuren produced other lines that were very successful and arrived at the moment when Mexico was looking for the transition towards a more international aesthetic. Such was the case of the Calpini and Decapóls brands, with a strong Bauhaus influence.

Michael van Beuren continued designing and retired to live in the city of Cuernavaca where he passed away in 2004. Today his furniture represents one of the most fruitful moments of furniture production in Mexico.