ISSUE 18  |  Beyond Bauhaus

Bauhaus-Inspired Building Blocks

April 30, 2012 5:30 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Designed by Fort Standard (two Brooklyn-based graduates of the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany), Balancing Blocks are available in subtle off-white and primary colors—ideal for building expressionist monuments.

Fort Standard is a contemporary design studio founded in 2011 by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings, who studied Industrial Design together at New York’s Pratt Institute and the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany; the duo describes their aesthetic as "warm contemporary." Made in Red Hook, Brooklyn, from repurposed scrap wood collected at local furniture stores, the studio's Balancing Blocks are sealed with a nontoxic finish. Each set contains ten different-sized cubic blocks to inspire childlike creativity (for all ages).

Above: The set of White Balancing Blocks is $85 from Steven Alan.

Above: A precarious modernist structure.

Above: The set of Primary Colored Balancing Blocks is $85 from Supply Room.

Above: A multi-colored tower stands on one leg.