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Adolf Loos papers, 1930-1933.

Loos, Adolf, 1870-1933.

Available at Special Collections  SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE  (880409* ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Adolf Loos papers, 1930-1933.
  • Author/Creator: Loos, Adolf, 1870-1933.
  • Creation Date: 1930-1933.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Austrian architect, theorist and critic.
  • Physical Desc.: ca. 70 items..
  • Summary: A portion of the papers documenting the late period of Adolf Loos' work, 1930-1932, as reflected in the papers of his assistant Kurt Unger. The papers include correspondence, drawings, manuscripts, miscellaneous printed material, and portraits of Loos.
    Correspondence with Unger (in part dictated to his wife Claire Loos) concerns several projects and project specifications. Correspondence between Unger and the glass manufacturer/distributor Lobmeyr, discusses the production of glassware designed by Loos. The collection includes 21 drawings and blueprints of houses, with two letters of specification for the "Fleischer" house, Haifa Israel, and drawings and blueprints of the glassware; a typescript translation of Adolf Loos' "Der Sattlermeister"; miscellaneous printed material; one pencil sketch of Loos; and one portrait photo.
    Organization: I. Correspondence, 1918-1934, arranged in chronological order (folders 1-3); II. Correspondence with J. & L. Lobmeyr, 1931-1956, arranged in chronological order (folder 4); III. Translation of "Sattlermeister (folder 5); IV. Miscellaneous printed materials (folder 6); V. Project plans and drawings Unger/Loos: house "Jordan," Bruenn 1931 (880409*, folder 7); VI. Project plans and drawings Unger/Loos: house "Fleischner," Haifa 1931 (880409*, folder 8); VII. Project plans and drawings Unger/Loos: apartment "Leopold Eisner," (?) Pilsen 1930 (880409*, folder 9); VIII. Project plans and drawings Loos/Lobmeyr: glassware, Vienna 1931-1932 (880409*, folder 10); IX. Photoprint and pencil sketch, undated (folder 11); X. Presentation copies of Adolf Loos' books "Ins Leere gesprochen: 1897-1900," 1921 and "Trotzdem: 1900-1930," 1931.
    Series I. Correspondence, 1918-1934, arranged in chronological order (folders 1-3). The correspondence is mostly of a professional nature and contains instructions and specifications for various projects in progress, most notably the remodeling and interior decoration of the medical offices of Dr. Teichner, Pilsen 1931, and the project house "Dr. Fleischner," Haifa Israel 1931; with a postcard from Peter Altenberg to Loos, 1918; a letter to Werner Hegemann discussing the edition of a book about Loos' work, 1930 May 29; a letter from Unger to the journal "Form," discussing his views on modern engineering, 1930 April 22, and a letter, 1934 Feb. 2, from Claire Loos requesting material on Loos from Unger on behalf of Dr. Muenz.
    Series II. Correspondence with J. & L. Lobmeyr, arranged in chronological order, 1931-1956 (folder 4). This series, mostly of letters received prior to 1933, reflects the process of design specification and manufacturing of the Loos glass service. Unger as the representative of Loos, whose health is deteriorating at the time, criticises in a letter of 1932 April 19, the slightly conical shape of the glasses, while Lobmeyr defends it in his reply, 1932 April 23, arguing that an absolutely cylindric form, as envisioned by Loos, would prove to be ugly in glass and hard to sell; with two pricelists, 1932 Nov. 16 and 1956 Dec. 12.
    Series III. Translation of "Der Sattlermeister" (folder 5). An English translation manuscript of the "Sattlermeister" story, written by Loos in 1903 and published in his book "Trotzdem" (Insbruck, 1931), undated and annotated in an unknown hand.
    Series IV. Miscellaneous printed materials (folder 6). Clippings discussing Loos' trial for alleged child molestation, 1928, and his book "Trotzdem"; with an appeal for financial support of the Loos school supported by Karl Kraus, Arnold Schoenberg, Valery Larband and James Joyce, undated.
    Series V. Project plans and drawings Unger/Loos: house "Jordan," Bruenn 1931 (880409*, folder 7). Eight drawings of the building and floor plans, dated Prague Feb. 1931, and one colored print with annotations.
    Series VI. Project plans and drawings Unger/Loos: house "Fleischner," Haifa 1931 (880409*, folder 8). Six drawings of the structure and its interior design, partly annotated, dated Prague 1931 Sept. with five blueprints of structure and floorplans, partly annotated, of the same date. One two page letter of specifications with sketches of the interior from Unger, briefly commented on by Loos, and one 4 p. letter of specifications from Unger. The drawings and blueprints represent a second, revised set of drawings for this project; the originals are presumed lost.
    Series VII. Project plans and drawings Unger/Loos: apartment "Leopold Eisner," Pilsen 1930 (880409*, folder 9). One drawing of a floorplan, possibly for the apartment of Leopold Eisner, Pilsen 1930, with some annotations.
    Series VIII. Project plans and drawings Loos/Lobmeyr: glassware, Vienna 1931-1932 (880409*, folder 10). Four drawings and two blueprints of the various components of the glassware service designed by Loos in collaboration with Lobmeyr.
    Series IX. Photoprint and pencil sketch, undated (folder 11). An undated photo portrait and one undated pencil sketch of Loos.
    Series X. Presentation copies of Adolf Loos' books: "Ins Leere gesprochen: 1897-1900," 1921, and "Trotzdem: 1900-1930," 1931. With one copy of each of the original editions, both dedicated to Kurt Unger.
  • Language: German
  • Notes: Mss. (holographs, typescripts); printed material; photographs; drawings; blueprints.
  • Form/Genre: Blueprints
  • Subjects: Architecture, Modern -- 20th century Glassware -- Austria Architecture, Domestic Apartment houses -- Czechoslovakia
  • Contributors: Unger, Kurt. J. & L. Lobmeyr.
  • ID/Accession Number: 88-A682
    880409
    880409*
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 81089119

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