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Sideboard, from the Langer apartment
(1903)

Medium
mahogany, mirror glass, brass
Measurements
(a-e) 201.2 × 194.5 × 59.3 cm (overall)
Place/s of Execution
Vienna, Austria
Accession Number
D8.a-e-1994
Department
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1994
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Mid 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Description
Note: possible elements from the Langer appartment in CR341. tbc.
About

The sideboard, panelling and long-case clock are fitted together via the wall panelling as one piece of furniture, on the one hand a convenient and space-saving concept for an apartment, and on the other hand an aesthetic choice to let the furniture merge into the wall. The square grid rhythm of the panelling is repeated on the clock case, and in a rectangular variation on the front of the sideboard. Loos was not a designer to insist on uniformity of design structure for its own sake. The mahogany is modestly embellished by the fitted brass candlesticks and door furniture. Similarly, the design of the room divider is based on rectangles, those for the shelves and doors echoing the overall shape of the piece of furniture.