Description & Technical information

This piece is part of a set of furniture which can be considered as one of the first examples of industrial design in furniture.
It was also the first time that aluminium, a very innovative material for the time, was used for furniture, and not only to protect, stabilise, or strengthen furniture parts, but was deliberately applied from the very beginning as a design element.

These lamps were executed for the Postal Savings Bank in Vienna (Österreichische Postsparkasse).

Date:  1904-06
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Vienna
Medium: Aluminium
Dimensions: 16 x 13 x 16 cm (6¹/₄ x 5¹/₈ x 6¹/₄ inches)
Literature: - FAHR-BECKER, G., Jugendstil, Köln, Könemann, 1996, p. 349.
- New Worlds – German and Austrian Art 1890-1940, New York, Neue Galerie, 2001, p. 419.
- TABOR, J., Otto Wagner – The Austrian Postal Savings Bank, Vienna, Falter Verlag, 1996, pp. 18-19.

Categories: Decorative Arts & Design, Furniture