Ornament and Crime: Selected Essays

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Ornament and Crime contains thirty-six original essays by the celebrated Viennese architect, Adolf Leos (1870-1933). Most deal with questions of design in a wide range of areas, from architecture and furniture, to clothes and jewelry, pottery, plumbing, and printing; others are polemics on craft education and training, and on design in general.

Loos, the great cultural reformer and moralist in the history of European architecture and design was always a "revolutionary against ...

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Ornament and Crime contains thirty-six original essays by the celebrated Viennese architect, Adolf Leos (1870-1933). Most deal with questions of design in a wide range of areas, from architecture and furniture, to clothes and jewelry, pottery, plumbing, and printing; others are polemics on craft education and training, and on design in general.

Loos, the great cultural reformer and moralist in the history of European architecture and design was always a "revolutionary against the revolutionaries". With his assault on Viennese arts and crafts and his conflict with bourgeois morality, he managed to offend the whole country. His 1908 essay "Ornament and Crime", mocked by an age in love with its accessories, has come to be recognized as a seminal work in combating the aesthetic imperialism of the turn of the century. Today Loos is recognized, as one of the great masters of modern architecture.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Our School of Applied Art 14
2 The Christmas Exhibition in the Austrian Museum 18
3 The Jubilee Exhibition: The Exhibition Buildings 25
4 The Silver Court and Neighboring Pavilion 32
5 Men's Fashion 39
6 The New Style and the Bronze Industry 45
7 Interior Design: Prelude 51
8 The Interiors in the Rotunda 57
9 Chairs 63
10 Glass and China 68
11 Luxury Carriages 75
12 Plumbers: Baths and Kitchen Ranges 82
13 Gentlemen's Hats 89
14 Footwear 94
15 Shoemakers 100
16 Ladies' Fashion 106
17 Underwear 112
18 Furniture 119
19 The Furniture of 1898 124
20 Printers 129
21 A Review of the Applied Arts I 134
22 A Review of the Applied Arts II 140
23 The English Schools in the Austrian Museum 144
24 Pottery 148
25 Surplus to Requirements 154
26 In Praise of the Present 157
27 Culture 160
28 Cultural Degeneration 163
29 Ornament and Crime 167
30 Brief Intermezzo 177
31 Beethoven's Ears 178
32 Hands Off! 179
33 Ornament and Education 184
34 Short Hair 190
35 Oscar Kokoschka 191
36 On Josef Hofmann 193
37 Chronology 195
Name Index 203
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