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Coffee Talk: Celebrating the Birth of Jutta Sika


Born on this day in 1877, Jutta Sika was an Austrian designer working in a variety of different media. Sika received formal training in both graphic and costume design but is best known for her ceramic and glassware designs. In 1895 Sika studied at Graphische Lehr und Veruchsantalt (Graphic Education and Research Institute) under Joseph Eugen Hörwarter and later enrolled at the Kuntsgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts) where she studied under Friedrich Linke, Koloman Moser, Rudolf Ribarz, and Alfred Roller.[1]
Jutta Sika, coffee set, Porcelain, vienna, Weiner Kunst im Hause, gesamtkunstwerk

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

Branded in Early Twentieth-Century Vienna


Today’s luxury designers sometimes find unique ways to brand their products without a label—Christian Louboutin’s red sole, Bottega Veneta’s woven purse—while others create logo-patterns, as Louis Vuitton has done. Many mid-range product lines, like those of Apple or Starbucks, proclaim their name loudly with simple, meaningful logos. While it may seem that logos and brand identities today are most concerned with profits, the bottom line was not always the reason behind marking one’s goods.
Werkstätte, Koloman Moser, silver, silver-plated, box, hallmarks, rose, vienna

Tableware Design in Vienna, 1850-2009


Annette Ahrens will give an overview and the historic lineage of Viennese tableware designs, production and design influences from 1850 to the present day.
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From Imperial To Contemporary: A Rediscovery of Traditional Austrian Craft and Manufacturing


Thomas Geisler will speak about contemporary design work in Austria, including Viennese tableware, 20th century and contemporary design. Thomas is design curator at the Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Arts (MAK) in Vienna and co-founder of Vienna Design Week which has initiated projects with contemporary designers and local traditional manufactures such as J.&L. Lobmeyr and Augarten porcelain, to protect and reinvent this extraordinary legacy of Viennese crafting skills.
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Ted Muehling and Sarah Coffin: Gallery Walkthrough


Watch designer Ted Muehling and curator Sarah Coffin as they discuss highlights from the exhibition, "Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyr Glass from the Permanent Collection" in this 5 minute gallery walkthrough.
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Vienna Moderne 1898—1918


The first major exhibition of Viennese work from this period to be installed anywhere in the United States. Objects on view include furniture, glassware, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, graphic design, and photographs of interiors. Organized by Sarah Campbell Blaffer Gallery of the University of Houston. Made possible by the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation of Houston and the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research.
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Only two weeks left!


Only a few short weeks left to see Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyr Glass from the Permanent Collection. Watch designer Ted Muehling and curator Sarah Coffin as they discuss highlights from the exhibition in this 5 minute walkthrough.  
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Tonight! Thomas Geisler


Water carafes decorated with the outlines of Austrian lakes, rivers and glaciers, designed by Mark Braun for Lobmeyer. Exhibited at Vienna Design Week 2010. Tonight at the Cooper-Hewitt, Thomas Geisler will speak about contemporary design work in Austria, including Viennese tableware, 20th century and contemporary design.
Thomas Geisler, contemporary, austria, vienna, Viennese, tableware, 20th century, Museum of Applied Arts, Contemporary Arts, MAK, vienna design week, public program talk

Ted Muehling’s Choice


Ted hosted a group of Cooper-Hewitt members at his studio and store in SoHo this week, as you can see from the Monday at Muehling’s post, giving them a peek at his wonderfully creative environment full of glass, emotive sculpture and creatures from the natural world.
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