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Adolf Loos (Basic Art Series 2.0)

August Sarnitz

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ISBN 10: 3836544679 / ISBN 13: 9783836544672
Published by Taschen, 2016
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Title: Adolf Loos (Basic Art Series 2.0)

Publisher: Taschen

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Adolf Loos (1870–1933) was a flamboyant character whose presence in the cultural hotbed of early 1900s Vienna galvanized the country’s architectural landscape. An early, impassioned advocate of modernism, he all-out rejected the grand Secessionist aesthetic prevalent at the time, as well as any hallmarks of the European fin de siècle.

Instead, in lectures and essays, such as the milestone Ornament and Crime of 1908, Loos articulated his “passion for smooth and precious surfaces.” He advocated that architectural ornamentation was, by its nature, ephemeral―locked into current trends and styles, and therefore quickly dated. Loos, himself a Classicist at heart, argued instead for simple, timeless designs with time-honored aesthetic and structural qualities.

In this essential introduction, we explore Loos’s writings, projects, and legacy, from his key concept of “spatial plan” architecture to his rejection of decorative fripperies in favor of opulent, fine-quality materials and crisp lines. Featured projects include Vienna’s Café Museum (1899), the fashion store Knize (1913), and the controversial Loos House (1912), which Emperor Franz Joseph I would refuse to travel past, bristling with rage at its insolently minimalist aesthetic.

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August Sarnitz exerce comme architecte et professeur d’histoire et de théorie de l’architecture à l’Akademie der bildenden Künste de Vienne. Parmi ses nombreuses publications, on compte notamment des livres sur R. M. Schindler, Lois Welzenbacher, Ernst Lichtblau, E. A. Plischke et Adolf Loos.

Peter Gössel dirige une agence de design pour les musées et les expositions. Il a publié pour TASCHEN des monographies consacrées à Julius Shulman, R.M. Schindler, John Lautner et Richard Neutra, ainsi que plusieurs titres de la Petite Collection architecture.

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