The Museum of Applied Arts
in Vienna houses one of the worlds finest and most extensive collections of design materials. Founded in 1864 as the Imperial and Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, the MAK has a ongoing commitment to both the history and the future of design.
This small group of posters, from their collection of over 15,000, shows a tiny glimpse of their vast collection. Works by such artists and designers as Jules Chéret
, Koloman Moser, Joseph Binder
and Julius Klinger
, as well as many lesser known, but equally important designers of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The collection is, naturally, extremely well organized into genre and artist and period — and easily searched.
Another extraordinary online collection at MAK is the drawings of the Wiener Wekstatte
. Comprising over 17,000 drawings and sketches, it is a treasure chest. The drawings document everything from everyday household items (such as ashtrays and dinner wear) to lighting and textiles. These small, precious sketches show the origins and thinking of the Seccessionist founders Josef Hoffmann
and Dagobert Peche
Short of a trip to Vienna, MAK provides a wonderful stay-cation, although sadly without the coffee and pastries of Demel
Here are Today’s images.
TODAY is a weekly jewel box of seemingly random, yet thoughtfully selected, images. At times tender, wicked, nostalgic, amusing, and dazzling, each edition is presented without narration, editing or explanation by its author, designer Eric Baker. "It all began as a goof. One day I sent a good friend about 50 random pictures of cheese. I don't know why, but to me cheese is funny, perhaps it is the word itself and its various connotations. Eventually I began looking closer, or should I say broader at 'things'. Things lost on the fringes...ordinary, odd, beautiful things. Esoteric images, old diagrams, typography, cartography — visions of a once promising but now extinct future."
Editor's Note: All images link to their original source and are copyright their original owners.