The Bauhaus retrospective at MoMA was probably one of the best exhibits we saw last year, and even towards the end of a solid three-month run, was always packed to the rafters. The Local Firm are based in Sweden, and didn’t get a chance to see the show in New York, although it’s clear that the designers Richard Hutchinson and Axel Nyhage (see picture of the duo after the jump) did their homework for their new Bauhaus-inspired collection. Some of the most interesting experiments that came out of the German design school were based around color gradient and geometric forms, and TLF make these ideas focal points for fall 2010. There’s some great color-blocking on cardigans and T-shirts, two-tone paneling on jeans and even one sweater that could be an early Kandinsky drawing.
Like the Bauhaus movement, the Local Firm like to work with honest hardworking materials, and the denim pieces in the collection are some of the best, like simple unadulterated acid wash jeans—a ’90s throwback you might find in thrift store, only a thousand times more tailored. The clothes sit on the sunny side of frumpy, and have a sensible no-fuss feel to them that is thoroughly Bauhaus and thoroughly Swedish at the same time. The label has started to dabble in accessories too, and there are some awesome grey framed sunnies that would make perfect paparazzi shielders for someone like Lil Wayne. Undoubtedly we’ll be reaching for their bug-eyed shades this summer while we wait for these clothes to hit stores next season.