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Ralf Bock

Skira, 2007
296 pages
120 colour & 80 b+w illustrations
ISBN: 9788876246432

This long awaited monograph encompasses the entire creative activity of Adolf Loos (1870-1933), one of the undisputed fathers of Modern European architecture. Author Ralf Bock reveals for the first time the sensuality of Loos's interior designs. He believed in culture, comfort, intimacy and privacy, advocating the evolution of tradition and utility, rather than revolution and the permanent invention of formal design.

30 existing projects, are presented through 160, full-colour images by the celebrated French photographer Philippe Ruault. These new images offer different impressions and interpretations of Loos's interior works and bring him back to the centre of contemporary architectural debate. The colour photographs are supplemented by archival photos from the Loos archive of the Albertina, Vienna. Other unique aspects of the book include profiles of Loos's clients and their relationship with the architect, interviews with people who inhabit Loos's work today, and a completely new set of project drawings with the original interior design and analyses.


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