You've talked a lot about honoring the integrity of the furniture production and its design, so you can't forget that its design is inseparable from the architectural language that preceded it. The furniture itself was designed specifically for horizontally open and bright space, which fits in with Bauhaus concepts of open plans, non-load-bearing facades, and spatial transparency that complement the lightness of the steel for decorative effect. The room you're using the furniture in is very vertically oriented near the windows and quite intimate, which has a tendency to cramp the furniture when it's oriented along the wall. The furniture really does need the effort of every ounce of space available, and you'll notice that Le Corbusier, Mies, Kahn, Johnson, etc. often use wood furniture/accent walls, plush textiles and color in their most intimately-scaled domestic spaces because that scale requires a much more earthly and softer palette of material qualities than steel can effectively provide in a room without significant light. Much of the modernist furniture was never intended to be used indiscriminately in private residences, hence why it is generally found historically inside architecture like office lobbies where the space can accommodate its formal rigor. In homes, the modernist architects more often made custom furniture.
Bauhaus furniture really is very demanding in placement, just like how it requires very specific posture and activities to sit in it and you have to really bend to its will in more ways than you'd like to get the most out of it. I wouldn't try to use it in my narrow row house, FWIW. I'm not saying it can't be done, but it's just really difficult to work with, because it is extremely refined and pompous.Edited by StephenHero - 12/15/12 at 11:56pm