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Dodecahedron Hanging Lamp, c. 1902/03

Leopold Museum,
Leopold Museum,
Glass, brass
40.3×38×38 cm with chain: 129×38×38 cm


  • Adolf Loos

    (Brno 1870–1933 Kalksburg/Vienna)

  • Friedrich Otto Schmidt
Currently on display at OG3
The fashion-conscious architect Adolf Loos (1870–1933) had manifold ties to the tailor company Kniže. Loos designed the Kniže branches on Graben in Vienna, in Karlsbad (present-day Karlovy Vary), on Wilhelmstrasse in Berlin as well as on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Hugo Steiner – the managing director of the Paris branch opened in 1927 – commissioned Loos in 1910 to build the apartment building in Vienna’s Hietzing district that would become a milestone in modern architecture. In the tailor company’s sales rooms, it was especially the polygonal ceiling lamps made from brass and cut glass that provided brand recognition. In his interior design concepts created shortly after 1900, Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956), whose work and person Adolf Loos met with ambivalence, favored comparable light fixtures.

Object data

  • Design: Adolf Loos
  • Execution: Friedrich Otto Schmidt
Dodecahedron Hanging Lamp
c. 1902/03
Arts and crafts
Glass, brass
40.3×38×38 cm with chain: 129×38×38 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6409
Inventory access
Accession 2019
Selection of Reference works
  • 20 Jahre Leopold Museum 2001-2021, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2021.
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Galerie Hummel, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (2019); (1)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung Nr. 2019/07 vom 10.09.2019

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