He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Dresden, and Munich.
He performed enamelwork experiments and created metal designs for Vereinigte Werkstätten für Kunst im Handwerk. Munich and, beginning in 1906, Bruckmann und Söhne, Heilbronn. He was one of the artists of Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse-Darmstadt’s colony in 1903. He created straightforward designs with rich abstract foliate scroll ornamentation for the company. He was fascinated by silver and copper, which he combined in 1903 in incredibly inventive ways. In one early instance, copper was covered in enamel. His silver designs in 1903-05. They were created by E.L. Victor, the court silversmith in Darmstadt, just like Hans Christiansen. Haustein was a professor at the Peter Behrens-founded “Applied Art Master Course” in Nuremberg from 1901 to 1902. Beginning in 1905, he taught metalworking at the Bernhard Pankok-run Kunstgewerbeschule in Stuttgart. One of the first examples of Art Deco design was Haustein’s tureen, displayed at the 1910 Brussels Exposition as a response to Henry van de Velde’s simple, functional forms.
His work was shown at exhibitions in Darmstadt: the 1904 St. Louis ‘Louisiana Purchase Exposition, where he won a prize: Bruckman stand at the 1910 Brussels ‘Exposition Universelle et Internationale.