Ashtray with Cigarette Holder, author: Marianne Brandt, 1924 / photo: Gunter Lepkowski. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016.
Ashtray with Cigarette Holder, author: Marianne Brandt, 1924 / photo: Gunter Lepkowski. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016.

As was typical in the early years of the Bauhaus, Marianne Brandt designed the ashtray logically as a combination of various basic geometric shapes: spherical and cylindrical shapes are used for the ash container, its lid with an off-centre opening and the cigarette holder, while the base of the structure that provides stability is made of bars arranged in a cross shape, with the curve of the bowl embedded in them.

Although the perfect surface treatment and minimized design suggest mechanical manufacturing and mass production, the object is a unique item produced with time-consuming manual work.

Literature:
Weber, Klaus für das Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin (1992): Die Metallwerkstatt am Bauhaus, Berlin.