Description & Technical information


Designed by: Adolf Loos, around 1900

Executed by: Johannes Heeg for Friedrich Otto Schmidt; coloured design sketch: sheet 170, no. 22


Dodecahedron of 12 brass pentagons, cast, polished, stove enamelled, original faceted and cut glass, several small chips on glass, newly rewired, excellent condition


H approx. 145 cm, Ø approx. 40 cm


Loos liked to use this model in different sizes for interior decoration projects, including for the interior design of the Vienna and Paris branches of the gentlemen's outfitter Kniže and in a number of other interiors he furnished.

Friedrich Otto Schmidt mostly commissioned the Viennese master craftsman and metalworker Johannes Heeg with executing the clocks and ceiling lamps designed by Loos.


Sincere thanks to Mr Klaus Lorenz und Mr Johann Oberreiter from the Friedrich Otto Schmidt company in Vienna for their kind advice and for providing us with the documentation.

Date:  around 1900
Period:  Vienna, around 1900
Origin:  Austrian
Dimensions: 3683 x 101.6 x 101.6 cm (1450 x 40 x 40 inches)

private collection, Vienna

Literature: Friedrich Otto Schmidt company archives, photo no. 2766, coloured design sketch: sheet 170, no. 22; E. B. Ottillinger, Adolf Loos, Wohnkonzepte und Möbelentwürfe, Vienna, 1994, illus. p. 68, 139, 160; M. Kristan, Loos, Läden & Lokale, Vienna, 2001, p. 75; M. Kristan, Adolf Loos, Wohnungen, Vienna, 2001, p. 55