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Attempts to free the arts from their traditional boundaries stimulated the interaction and mutual influencing between film, performance, music, architecture and design. Typography and graphic design were also extremely important to reach the masses. Van Doesburg developed a new design style that emphasised the autonomy of letters. He visualised sound in his poetry, with many of his poems set to geometric scores. This style was rather static, however, and it was superseded by typo-photography and the ‘New Typography’ of Moholy-Nagy, El Lissitzky, Kurt Schwitters and Jan Tschichold.

For café the Aubette in Strasbourg Van Doesburg designed a dynamic arena for eating, drinking, dancing and showing films. He also designed the tables, the ashtrays and created the graphical design.