I recently visited a show about Adolf Loos (1870-1933), a revolutionary architect and interior designer counted among the pioneers of modern architecture. The exhibition took place at the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona and was impeccably curated by Pilar Parcerisas. I must say that I have enjoyed it very much, and have learnt a great deal too!
His designs are sober yet elegant, and devoid of any unnecessary ornament. In the pictures above, three of his stool designs.
Stunningly, he was taking this sort of approach at the same time Gaudí was designing his curvy and nature-inspired buildings.
Sweet, delicate curves make a mesmerizing armrest.
I was shocked to find this set of Chippendale chairs in the middle of the show. Turns out that Loos was a great admirer of english furniture and he believed this chair to be an unimproved design. I wonder how many hours did all this shaping and carvings take!
It is nice to see how every piece begins always in paper, now and a hundred years ago.
Some other pieces by Otto Wagner, Joseph Maria Olbrich and Joseph Hoffmann.