Adolf LOOS (1870-1933)

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The Viennese Art Nouveau footrest is attributed to the well-known designer Adolf Loos. Loos was the first of the great architects to use bentwood in his work. The footrest was manufactured by the Jacob & Josef Kohn company, which was first published in the company catalog from 1913. The design of the footrest uses a twisted ball, known from the furniture in the Vienna Fledermaus Café, designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1907. in original condition

Length: 46cm

Width: 30cm

Height: 34cm

Adolf LOOS (1870-1933)

Jacob & Josef Kohn made

A twisted ball is used to design the footrest

Viennese bat café is known


Biography: Adolf Loos * December 10, 1870, Brno (Moravia) - August 23, 1933, Kalksburg (Austria)

Adolf Loos was one of the most famous Austrian architects of Viennese modernism. His most famous work is the Loos House in Vienna on Michaelerplatz.

Born in Brno in 1870 as the son of a sculptor, Loos studied architecture at both the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna and the Polytechnic University in Dresden. From 1893 he lived in the USA for three years, where he earned his living as a furniture draftsman and architect, among other things.
In 1896, Vienna became his new home, where he initially worked as an interior designer.
From 1912 to 1914 he ran a private building school, where he taught, among others, Leopold Fischer.
Loos wrote a series of articles for the Neue Freie Presse in which he expressed his personal opinion on a wide variety of things. In his most famous essay, “Ornament and Crime,” he spoke out clearly against the use of any ornament. In doing so, he turned away from the Secession's construction method and used only high-quality materials in his buildings, both inside and out.
In 1909, Loos was commissioned to build a commercial building for Goldman & Salatsch. It became known as the “Loos House” and is now considered the architect's main work. During its construction, the building sparked heavy criticism due to the minimalist facade design of the upper floor. This led to construction work being briefly interrupted to install bronze flower boxes on the outer wall.
Other well-known buildings of his are the American Bar in Vienna, better known as “Loos Bar”.
From 1920 to 1922 Loos was chief architect of the Vienna Settlement Office. During this time, among other things, the planning of the Heubergsiedlung, which was created in 1923 in collaboration with Hugo Mayer, took place. In addition, Loos also became known for his villa buildings: for this he used an innovative planning concept.
His influence on other architects was great: Richard Neutra, Heinrich Kulka and Luigi Blau followed his example.
In the 1920s he stayed in Paris for a long time, where he was well connected to the local artistic scene. Loos was also a very socially active person in Vienna and had many good acquaintances in the art and culture world - he was friends with the painter Oskar Kokoschka, among others. Loos was married several times - from 1929 to 1931 to the photographer Claire Beck.
In 1932, due to a nervous disorder, he had to be admitted to a sanatorium in Kalksburg, where he died the following year.

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