Discussion Bauhaus being benign – Gender meets Eco

Woman in clubchair Photo: Erich Consemüller, around 1927/ © Klassik Stiftung Weimar/ © Stephan Consemüller

WED 11.09.2019, 6 p.m.


as part of Goethe x change & 100 years of Bauhaus

– with Julia Lohmann & Julia Meer

Julia Meer gives insights to the working process of the book ›Women in Graphic Design 1890–2012 (edited by Gerda Breuer and Julia Meer, JOVIS Verlag, 2018).

The book sets out to make the contributions of women to graphic design more visible and at the same time explains why they haven’t been part of the canon so far. Julia argues that it is important to overcome outdated narratives and to develop alternatives which are more inclusive and diverse.

The discussion continues with a talk between Julia Lohmann and Julia Meer on how the situation of women has changed in the past 100 years, and what challenges we are facing today (i.e. intersectionality). The Julias will explore parallels to the eco design discourse, for example the drive towards „being benign“ (‚good-natured’) – meaning ecological sustainability for Lohmann, and more inclusive language and actions for Meer. 

Julia Lohmann
Designer and Professor of Practice in Contemporary Design at Aalto University

Julia Meer
Designer and design historian based in Berlin