Lilli Hollein, General Director and Artistic Director, MAK
Gerald Bast, President, University of Applied Arts, Vienna
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Caroline Wohlgemuth in conversation with journalist Sabine Nikolay
In 1938 Vienna lost its best, most creative minds. It was a historical rupture that affected all the arts and sciences and whose reverberations can be felt to this day—to include in the world of furniture design. With inexhaustible creativity, the Viennese designers continued their work in exile. They taught at the best universities and disseminated their ideas and visions throughout the world. Epitomizing the Mid-Century Modern Style, their furniture became 20th-century design classics. The book pays homage to the Jewish furniture designers who were forced to leave Vienna. It presents their life stories and visionary designs—that are today more relevant than ever.
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Caroline Wohlgemuth studied law and art management in Vienna and London. While studying at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, she researched into the history of Viennese furniture design and the expulsion of innumerable Jewish architects and furniture designers from Vienna in 1938.
Mid-Century Modern. Visionäres Möbeldesign aus Wien [Mid-Century Modern: Visionary Furniture Design from Vienna], Edition Angewandte – book series of the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Birkhäuser Verlag Basel 2022, 296 pages, German and English, hardcover edition
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