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Adolf Loos

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...Adolf Loos was an Austrian architect born in Brünn, Moravia, now the Czech Republic, who may be viewed as Viennese modernism’s great lone warrior. As an influential modern architect, he authored culturally critical articles in which he...

Culture, Theories of

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Culture is both a value-laden and descriptive term. Its linguistic roots connect it to habitation and cultivation, this being developed over several centuries of European thinking toward the idea of culture as improvement, civilization...

Ver Sacrum (1898–1903)

Clive Edwards

Clive Edwards is Professor in Design History at Loughborough University, UK. His authored works include: Interior Design: A Critical Introduction (Bloomsbury 2010), Encyclopedia of Furnishing Textiles, Floorcoverings and Home Furnishing Practices 1200-1950 (2007); Turning Houses into Homes (2005), Encyclopaedia of Furniture Materials Trades and Techniques (2000), Twentieth Century Furniture, its materials, manufacture and markets (1994), and Victorian Furniture, Technology and Design (1993). He has also contributed a number of articles to the Encyclopedia of Interior Design (1997), and has published a number of scholarly articles and essays in edited works. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Ver Sacrum (Sacred Spring) was a short-lived periodical published in Vienna between 1898 and 1903. It was the mouthpiece of the artist/designer group Vienna Secession. The journal was influenced by the German magazine Pan and was edited...

Frugal Design

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Looking for ways to reduce the price of products and services is not a new idea. However, using this agenda to create more suitable and socially aware designed products is. Indeed, Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) wrote...

Ornament

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Ornament is a term that is broadly applied to the exterior of things, its final decoration. As such, it is often regarded as an “add on,” associated with surface rather than structure, and with fluctuating fashions rather than...

Lobmeyr J. & L.

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...J. & L. Lobmeyr of Vienna, Austria, was founded in 1823 and is recognized as one of the premier central European glass manufactories. The product range comprised complete drinking services and other glasses for the table, as well...

Kohn, Jacob and Josef

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...In 1849, the businessman Jacob Kohn (1791–1866), together with his son Josef (1814–84), founded a factory for the production of wooden components, which, during the course of the nineteenth century, became an important Austria-Hungarian...

Loos, Adolf (1870–1933)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Adolf Loos was an Austrian architect born in Brünn, Moravia, now the Czech Republic, who may be viewed as Viennese modernism’s great lone warrior. As an influential modern architect, he authored culturally critical articles in which he...

Thonet (Gebrüder Thonet)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Gebrüder Thonet was a Viennese furniture company established in 1853 by carpenter Michael Thonet (1796–1871), originally from Boppard on Rhine, and his five sons. With several patents to bend wood, the company...

Of Cars, Clothes and Carpets

The Banham Lectures : Essays on Designing the Future

Berg, 2009

Book Chapter

...Introduction Like many of the first generation of design historians, I owe a large debt to Reyner Banham. There were, I think, several reasons why Banham, although primarily...