In Bauhaus we trust! The smell of minimalism.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the twentieth century’s most influential design school, we asked Berlin photographer Axel Kranz to add some spice to the Bauhaus’s mission statement: Less is more.

On April 12, 1919, Walter Gropius’s proposal to create the State Bauhaus in Weimar was approved. Looking back over the century, choreographer and dancer Richard Siegal (The Bakery, Munich) sums up its reach: “Every contemporary art stands on the shoulders of the Bauhaus.”

The goal of the Bauhaus was not to create a new style, but to give birth to a radically new way of design thinking that would comprise every aspect of human life. Here at SCENTURY, we believe that the sense of smell still needs a little push to the fore, some added fragrance infused into the idea of a radically modern Gesamtkunstwerk.

For our olfactive homage to Gropius and his gang, Kranz paired each image with an inspired Bauhaus hero, always keeping in mind Wassily Kandinsky’s motto: “That is beautiful which is produced by the inner need, which springs from the soul.” Enjoy!



In Bauhaus we trust!

The smell of minimalism.


01.  Beso Beach: Beso Negro

perfume still life beso beach

Designing is not a profession but an attitude.

—Lászlo Moholy-Nagy


The creators describe this scent as an invitation to awaken “a unique personality with a carnal kiss, where the darkness and the moon are the only witnesses.” What better way to start a design revolution than through the power of love? This image was inspired by Moholy-Nagy’s AM7, 1926.

YEAR: 2018
PERFUMER: Christophe Raynaud



02. Byredo: No Man’s Land (gel douche)

no man's land shower gel by byredo

Together let us desire, conceive, and create the new structure of the future!

— Walter Gropius


In 1923, Bauhaus architect Rudolf Belling designed a radically futuristic gas station that still holds up against Byredo’s minimalist bottle design for No Man’s Land almost a century later. The fragrance’s DNA reveals a rather radical and daring character by offering red rose, raspberry bloom, and amber to a unisex target group.

YEAR: 2018
PERFUMER: Jérôme Epinette



03. Ciro: Ptah

perfume still life with Ptah by Ciro

God is in the details.

—Mies van der Rohe


The perfume brand Ciro was founded in 1921, and is experiencing a reawakening after a long sleep. The bottle design of the relaunched brand is sleek and clean, but high-quality material and attention to detail reveal a less-is-more-attitude that any Bauhaus student would have loved to take a whiff of. The set design here refers to Walter Kampmann’s disturbingly futuristic Aethermaske, 1920.

YEAR: 2018
PERUMER: Alexandra Carlin



04. Andrea Maack: Dual

bauhaus perfume still life Andrea maack

It is our task to become pioneers of simplicity.

—Oskar Schlemmer


Inspired by Oskar Schlemmer’s work Raumlineatur mit Figur, 1924, this shot features a delightfully weightless scent by Iceland-born designer Andrea Maack. Dual mimics the purity and simplicity of fresh water on a bright new morning — so Bauhaus!

YEAR: 2016
PERFUMER: unknown



05. Narciso Rodriguez: Pure Musc For Her

pure musk narciso rodriguez perfume still life

Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature.

—Josef Albers


If abstraction is real, it must be sensual! Bauhaus artist Walter Dexel’s 1926 Figuration embodies the perfect union of both, serving as the impulse for Kranz to create this image. Pure Musc For Her makes a match with its impeccably minimalist and sensual bottle design — never anything less from Narciso Rodriguez.

YEAR: 2019
PERFUMER: Sonia Constant



06. Extrait d’Atelier: Maître Céramiste

maitre céramiste by extrait d'atelier

The room is there for the human being — not the human being for the room.

—El Lissitzky


Complex layers of light and shadow in El Lissitzky’s Proun from 1921 set the design staging for this scent, which celebrates the artistry of pottery. The craft was part of Walter Gropius’s curriculum from the start, the Bauhaus consequently producing a long list of influential ceramicists

YEAR: 2018
PERFUMERS: Maurizio Cerizza, Luca Maffei



If you enjoyed our olfactive Bauhaus tribute you might also like this art-inspired still life series.

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