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Yearning for Beauty: The Wiener Werkst?tte and the Stoclet House (Emanating)
by Peter Noever
Publisher's Description
This exceptionally well designed and executed book practices what it documents, the Wiener Werkstatte’s commitment to beauty and craftsmanship in everyday objects.

The Wiener Werkstätte, founded in Vienna in 1903 by Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser, became the international trademark for art as well as arts-and-crafts in the twentieth century. The fascinating history of the Wiener Werkstätte is told in this beautifully designed volume, which features historic photographs (some of them published for the first time here), documents and original texts selected by experts from the MAK (where the Wiener Werkstätte archives have been housed since 1955). Full-page illustrations feature outstanding examples of Wiener Werkstätte objects, covering architecture, furniture, ceramics, glass, books, posters, postcards, carpets, jewelry, fashion and print design. The book also focuses on the innovative 'total concept' used by this avant-garde association to establish an early 'consumer culture,' since the Werkstätte was one of the first organizations to develop a corporate identity that followed a product through every stage from concept and development to marketing. This exceptionally well designed and executed book features a deeply embossed monochromatic silver cover and matching edge pages, as well as a richly illustrated special section on Josef Hoffmann's Stoclet House.

Essays by Valérie Dufour, Anette Freytag, Siegfried Mattl, Paulus Raine and Eduard F. Sekler, and conversations with Marc Hotermans and Heimo Zobernig.
ISBN: 3775717781
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers
Hardcover : 452 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.3 x 12.2 x 1.7 inches
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