Display cabinet from the Darmstadt Room at the 1900 Paris World Fair, 1900
Leopold Museum, Vienna
Display cabinet from the Darmstadt Room at the 1900 Paris World Fair 1900
Maple, dark stained and patinated, glass, brass, (partially reconstructed)
Joseph Maria Olbrich
Currently on display at OG4
Joseph Maria Olbrich (1867–1908) was featured in both the German and the Austrian arts-and-crafts displays at the 1900 Paris World Fair. In the summer of 1899, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig had succeeded in nominating the members of his newly founded artists’ colony for this major event. Those responsible for the selection aimed at presenting German arts and crafts in the best possible light, hoping that the movement’s latest trends would be a success in the international competition. For the so-called Darmstadt Room, Olbrich conceptualized a bourgeois reception room which was described as genteel. The designer won the Grand Prix for his Viennese Room.