Is the question of the way the Bauhaus influences today's toy design thus obsolete? Not in Hochstrasser's view. "The Bauhaus is not necessarily present in my daily working life," he says, "but it does provide the foundation for good design and is still a relevant reference point. The Bauhaus is the pioneer of modern design, and this was continued with the Ulm College of Design, which, however, was very rigidly functionalist and excluded almost everything that was playful." With his designs, Hochstrasser wishes to combine the idea of the Bauhaus – namely that of "designing meaningful, practical and affordable products" – with his idea of what constitutes play.
It is, above all, art which played a far greater role in the early years of the Bauhaus than in its final phase, when architecture shaped the syllabus, that is an important source of inspiration for him. Hochstrasser is convinced that: "At the end, the Bauhaus was just focused on functionality, but humour and irony have to be incorporated into design today in order to tell a narrative. A product with no soul appeals to no-one." Nevertheless, Moluk's claims could well serve as a manifesto for Bauhaus 4.0: "At Moluk, we design universal, multifunctional and very purist toys that are not limited to any age group; they remain relevant for a long period of time and aren't gender-specific." Above all, the "less is more" idea of handling resources responsibly and, at the same time, creating maximum benefits is more relevant now than ever before.