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Adolf Loos

Francesca Vannucci

Villa Muller
Villa Muller

ADOLF LOOS IS REGARDED AS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL PROPHETS OF MODERNISM. BORN IN WHAT IS NOW THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN 1870, LOOS WAS THE SON OF A STONEMASON. HE STUDIED ARCHITECTURE AND SPENT SEVERAL YEARS IN HIS 20’S TRAVELING THE UNITED STATES, WHERE HE FELL IN LOVE WITH THE WORK OF LOUIS SULLIVAN- THE ‘FATHER’ OF SKYSCRAPERS AND MODERNISM.  HE RETURNED TO EUROPE INSPIRED BY THE EFFICIENCY OF AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE.

LOOS BEGAN A PROLIFIC CAREER AS AN ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER, BUT HE WAS MOST KNOWN FOR HIS PHILOSOPHICAL VIEWS ON DESIGN. LOOS BELIEVED THAT BUILDINGS ARE A REFLECTION ON OUR MORALITY. DESIGN SHOULD BE INFORMED BY FUNCTION. HE ESSAY ‘ORNAMENTATION AND CRIME’ BECAME A FUNDAMENTAL TOOL FOR THE MODERNIST MOVEMENT, INSPIRING THE BAUHAUS SCHOOL AND CLEARLY DEFINING THE IDEOLOGY BEHIND MODERNISM.

Constrained Sensuality Chair
Constrained Sensuality Chair

THE ESSAY DESCRIBES HIS “PASSION FOR SMOOTH AND PRECIOUS SURFACES.”  LOOS STATED THAT ORNAMENTATION HASTENED THE TIME FRAME IN WHICH AN OBJECT OR DESIGN BECAME OBSOLETE. HE BECAME ONE OF THE EARLIEST ADVOCATES FOR THE MARRIAGE OF FORM AND FUNCTION IN DESIGN.

Villa Muller Exterior
Villa Muller Exterior

HE BELIEVED A HOUSE SHOULD BE CREATED FROM THE INSIDE OUT, WITH THE FUNCTION OF THE ROOMS DICTATING ITS AESTHETIC, AND THE SHAPE OF THOSE ROOMS CONSEQUENTLY SHAPING THE EXTERIOR OF THE HOUSE. HIS DESIGNS, HOWEVER, WERE NOT STARK- IN FACT THEY WERE RICH IN ORGANIC ORNAMENTATION DERIVED FROM THE NATURAL PATTERNS FOUND IN HIS FAVORED MATERIALS OF MARBLE AND WOOD.

Adolf Loos Daybed
Adolf Loos Daybed

OUR STUNNING DAYBED BY ADOLF LOOS IS DATED FROM THE EARLY 1900’S, THE VERY BEGINNING OF HIS ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER. IN RICHLY LACQUERED MAHOGANY THAT SHOWCASES THE BEAUTIFUL NATURAL PATTERNS OF THE WOOD. THE FIRM MATTRESS IS COVERED IN A SAGE GREEN VELVET, MAKING THIS BEST USED AS A DAYBED. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT US ON 1ST DIBS.

*REFERENCES AND IMAGES: WIKIPEDIA http://bit.ly/MsaKVS, THE GUARDIAN UK http://bit.ly/1mUEQvO