Wiener Werkstätte

A Cabinet of Surprises

This cabinet, that looks more like a dining room side cabinet than a writing cabinet at first glance, caught my eye when I first saw it upon arriving at Cooper-Hewitt as a curator. I considered the Arts and Crafts movement an area in which I had some knowledge, so I was fascinated that I had to try to guess who designed this piece and where. When I looked at it from the outside, I thought it might be British, thought about Belgium, but felt I should look for comparable objects--which I did but without much luck.
cabinet, writing cabinet, May Sarton, Mabel Sarton, Wiener Werkstätte, Margaret Macdonald, Glasgow, vienna, inlay, mother-of-pearl

Summer Harvest

The French painter Raoul Dufy is best known for his colorful scenes of Parisian life, and the light, urbane feeling that characterizes his paintings carries through to his woven silk designs. But his block-printed linen textiles show a different set of influences. The depiction of the cutting blade on this combine, as well as the propeller-like feeling of the sheaves of wheat, may have been inspired by the Italian futurists, with their interest in speed and motion.
Raoul Dufy, Leon Bonnat, Guillaume Apollinaire, woodcuts, Paul Poiret, Petite Usine, Wiener Werkstätte, futurism

Flute song in silver

silver, fluting, Paul Revere, neo-classicism, teapots, bowl, josef hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte

Bluette by Atelier Martine

Bluette is a textile by an unknown designer made in the design school Atelier Martine. The school was founded by Paul Poiret (1879 – 1944), a celebrated Parisian couturier known for exotic fashions inspired by the Middle East and Asia. Named for his daughter, Atelier Martine embraced the notion of an unstudied, instinctive creativity. Poiret opened Atelier Martine in 1912 following a European tour where he was greatly impressed by the printed textiles of the Wiener Werkstätte of Vienna.
textile, Atelier Martine, Paul Poiret, Wiener Werkstätte, Louis Rorimer, flowers

Flute song in silver

This elegant piece of silver is both modern and ancient. Not only does it connect to designs by Hoffmann in other media, such the glass vase with fluted base he designed for Lobmeyr and a fluted sidewall paper created by his follower Dagobert Peche, but it also relates to the classic designs of ancient Greece and Rome. Look at the flutes!
silver, fluting, Paul Revere, neoclassicism, teapots, bowl, josef hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte

Glass of the Avant-Garde: From Vienna Secession to Bauhaus

More than 100 glass objects from the Torsten Brohan Collection of the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid, are displayed in this exhibition. These objects were produced in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Germany between the turn of the century and the years between the two World Wars and include the work of the Bauhaus, Wilhelm Wagenweld, and Wiener Werkstätte.
Glass, 20th century, Europe, Bauhaus, Wiener Werkstätte, Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Wilhelm Wagenwold, ch:exhibition=35350107