Adolf Loos was a 20th-century architect who hated ornamentation.
He wrote about his disdain for it in a 1908 essay;
in English it was translated as Ornament and Crime.
This pitcher is a perfect example of Loos’ aesthetic style.
Straight lines, simple curves and smooth surfaces.
Adolf Loos designed it in 1931 for Viennese glassmakers, J. & L. Lobmeyr.
I bought this pitcher in Vienna back in 1996.
It was a wedding gift for my sister and brother-in-law.
But you needn’t travel so far to buy one.
The Neue Gallerie in New York has them for sale.