Antique Adolf Loos Furniture
Antique Adolf Loos Furniture is original furniture produced by the Austro-Hungarian designer Adolf Loos.
History & Description
Adolf Loos was an Austro-Hungarian architect and furniture designer during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.
Born in the Moravian town of Brno – modern day Czech Republic – in 1870, Adolf Franz Karl Viktor Maria Loos studied architecture in Dresden before moving to the United States for three years. Upon his return to Europe he joined Carl Mayreder’s studio in Vienna and set up his own architectural practise in 1897.
Whilst more renowned for his architecture, Adolf Loos also produced a small number of furniture from the early 1900s until the late 1920s. These pieces of furniture were designed so that they could be placed in the buildings and private homes that he designed.
However, Loos was more inclined to adapt previous designs for his furniture. The most well-known example of this re-appropriation is the "Knieschwimmer" armchair, which was based on an English model, called the “New Shaped Easy Chair”.
Guide for collectors
Adolf Loos produced a variety of types of furniture, including tables, sideboards, stools, coat stands and chairs. Arguably the most desirable items, though not necessarily the most expensive, are his “Knieschwimmer” armchairs. On November 9th 2000 at Christie’s in London, a “Knieschwimmer” armchair, circa 1906, realised a price of £16,450.
Antique Adolf Loos furniture is commonly sold through both national and international auctioneers.
Notable auction sales
On May 25th 2011 at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, a unique monumental bookcase, designed by Adolf Loos, circa 1905, realised a price of $55,000.
On December 15th 2008 at Christie’s in New York, an oak and brass side table, designed by Adolf Loos, circa 1905, realised a price of $40,000.
On December 12th 2003 at Sotheby’s in New York, a mahogany, walnut and brass sideboard, designed by Adolf Loos, circa 1903, realised a price of $39,000.
On March 28th 2008 at Sotheby’s in New York, an ebonised Elmwood and brass “Elefantenrüssel” table, designed by Adolf Loos, circa 1903, realised a price of $25,000.
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