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Otto Wagner was an Austrian architect and designer. Otto Wagner first studied architecture in Berlin and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna between 1861 and 1863. In 1864, he established his own design practice. His early work was historicist in style, but in the 1890s, he became interested in Modernism and he joined the Vienna Secession in 1899. The concept of the unity of all arts and his ideas about the Gesamtkunstwerk (the total work of art) meant that in addition to buildings he designed furniture, textiles, lighting, and other products. This approach is famously seen in his Post Office Savings Bank building in Vienna (1904–6).
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