By moving away from ornamentation and instead focusing on function in design, Bauhaus ushered in modernist design.
- After leading Bauhaus artists fled Nazi Germany, they spread their clean, geometric designs around the world. Leading Bauhaus architects later designed the Seagram Building in New York in 1957.
- This spurred the creation of similar skyscrapers in American cities, which created a demand for Bauhaus-influenced furniture to fill them. Bauhaus designs were soon being mass-produced, and this has a ripple-effect on 20th century furniture design. IKEA is a notable example.
- The mid-century modern design movement from the 40s to the 70s was clearly influenced by the functional, geometric, unadorned aesthetic of Bauhaus.