The Optical Color Mixer was designed by Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack as a learning tool at the Bauhaus. The mixer demonstrates how the rotation of the gyrating top produces the optical mixing of the colors printed upon the laid-on plates. Aspects of color theory from Goethe, Schopenhauer and Holzel are demonstrated. Each disc has information describing the phenomenon on the back of the disc.
Hirschfeld-Mack was born in Frankfurt and had his academic training in Stuttgart, and after finishing his studies, worked at the Bauhaus where his main activities laid in the theories of color and color projections. The Bauhaus (1919 - 1933) has been important beyond the short time it existed, both on account of its educational methods of art which it developed and its influence on the styling of architecture, design and painting.
The color mixer has been reproduced in the joinery workshop of the Bauhaus since 1924.
- Wood top
- 4" x 4" x 3.5"
- Cardboard disc plate (7)