The Imperial Furniture Collection (originally the Hofmobiliendepot) has been a partner of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK for many years and, for all its venerability, also regularly presents highly contemporary positions. This year, the 150th birthday of the world-famous Austrian architect Adolf Loos (1870–1933) provided an opportunity to shed light on Loos’ iconic furniture design and to investigate its relevance for Austrian designers. On the one hand, visitors had the opportunity to discover a design island designed by Robert Ruf that presented positions from breadedEscalope, DANKLHAMPEL, Martin Mostböck, Patrick Rampelotto, Soda Designers, and Vandasye, all of which addressed, in different ways, Loos' ideas. On the other hand, the permanent collection, which contains the world’s largest collection of Loos’ furniture, offered an opportunity to research into the design strategies behind and the sources of inspiration for his furniture design.
Curated by Eva B. Ottillinger
Exhibition design: Robert Rüf