Textiles of the Wiener Werkstätte 1910-1932
written by Angela Völker
Thames and Hudson | ISBN 9780500285183
Paperback – 256 pages
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For designers, decorators or anyone simply in search of visual inspiration, this book is a goldmine and a fitting tribute to a period of astonishing creativity. A wealth of reproductions, many in colour, are supplemented by an exhaustive catalogue and artist biographies, as well as contemporary photographs of the textiles’ uses in fashion and interior decoration.
The textile patterns and prints of the Wiener Werkstätte were among the most popular and successful designs of the early twentieth century, reflecting both the tastes of Viennese high society and the general trend towards artistic abstraction.
Textiles of the Wiener Werkstätte 1910–32 presents selections from the original gouache drawings, pattern books and about 20,000 samples now in the collection of the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna – a truly remarkable archive of most of the over 1,800 recorded fabric designs. These range from the early naturalistic motifs of Art Nouveau to the later geometric designs associated with Art Deco.