1 May 2020
Heritage designs the future. Loos Café Museum – design by Adolf Loos, 1898
Heritage designs the future. Loos Café Museum.
A new chapter in our history. The protagonist is Loos Café Museum chair.
A model with a unique history: the first chair of the long tradition of Viennese bent wood and Michael Thonet which is named after the designer who signs it: Aldolf Loos (Brno, December 10, 1870 – Wien, August 23, 1933), among the pioneers of modern architecture.
Its style is still resolutely classical: round section, woven cane and curves with sinuous lightness are its stylistic peculiarities.
Loos Café Museum was born on commission. We would say a chair designed for the contract world today.
As Giovanni Renzi, creator of Legno Curvato, also writes, Adolf Loos was commissioned for the project of the Café Museum thanks to Max Fabiani.
Fabiani, member of the jury of the competition launched by the magazine “Der Architekt” in 1898, was not happy with the winner, the architect Von Dahlen, and perhaps for this reason he suggested the name of Loos, who had received the second prize as designer of the new coffee, as if he wanted to compensate him for not rewarding him.
There was only one chair for Loos suitable for modern living: the one with bent wood, the Thonet chair, as he himself writes in “Ornament and crime” of 1908.
The choice for the design of his restaurant, archetype of the classic Viennese coffee, is therefore obvious: tables and chairs in steam bent wood.
This is how the Loos Café Museum was born: from the derivation of previous models, as tradition dictates. A timeless project, perfect even today!
Loos Cafe Museum is intertwined with another highly fascinating saga, that of the Nobel Prize. Each prize winner signs a Loos Café Museum chair that becomes part of the historical collection of the Nobel Museum in Stockholm.
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