Koloman Moser cabint for Berta Waerndorfer

He became a tenured professor in 1899, hoping to pass on innovative design ideas to a younger generation, Otto Wagner, who inspired him to appoint him. He was a very influential architect at the time, that same year he joined the separatists. Starting in 1900, He brought the Viennese style of design and innovation that made him an outstanding interior designer. The cabinet he designed for Berta Waerndorfer in 1903 is one of my favorite pieces of furniture among his many home designs.

The lines of most of the furniture that the designed is very precise and beautiful, this extends to his interior design. No matter the pattern design at the edge of the cabinet or the shape design at the handle, the elements he uses are very striking and imaginative. His development in interior design gradually established him. He also influenced artists all over the world, leading him to establish the Wiener Werkstätte and realize their Gesamtkunstwerk ideals.

Kolhammer says. “He was one of the first designers to consequently reduce shapes of furniture and art objects without forgetting the high-quality ornaments that were so defining for the Wiener Jugendstil. He was also the first Austrian designer who invented a complete corporate identity — in this case, that of the Wiener Werkstätte.”




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Discussion — One Response

  • Rafael Reyes Ramirez 04/15/2022 on 5:36 PM

    At first glance, this cabinet looks like a simple one just used for storage but after I looked into it, I’m impressed by its design. First is the exterior, it has a nice wood pattern that flows seamlessly throughout the cabinet. It also seems to have some type of figure in the middle which doesn’t take away from the simplicity of the wood. What really surprised me about this cabinet is the interior. Looking at it from the outside, there doesn’t seem to be much going on but once you pull down a small part of the front, it reveals the storage. Inside there are several small drawers that can be used along with two pull-out sections that when pulled on, show small cubby areas that can be used. The small wall you pull down to access all of this stays connected to the cabinet so it can be used as a small table and in between the drawers, there is a mirror that when not in use, can be moved to the side to access even more room for storage. Personally, I think more companies should make cabinets similar to this; a simplistic design on its surface but plenty of room for one to use in its interior.

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