Published in DASH #11 – Interiors on Display
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BerlinPeter Behrens

In 1902 the department store Wertheim in Berlin started to showcase state-of-the-art living spaces designed by contemporary architects and artists. A set up of two typical Berlin flats was built into one of the sales areas, allowing the visitors to walk through real-life rooms. Among the contributing architects were British architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, one of the main actors of the second-generation Arts and Crafts Movement, as well as Peter Behrens, co-founder of the Deutsche Werkbund and later creative director of AEG. Influenced by the young Jugendstil movement that originated in Darmstadt and influenced the entire nation, they wanted to spark a revolutionary change to establish art and nature in modern everyday life. The exhibition was to show the new upcoming style that Germany had long been searching for…