Frederick Kiesler
Frederick Kiesler (1890- 1965) was born in Czernowitz (then a part of the Austro-Hungarian empire; now in Ukraine).  Beginning in 1908, Kiesler studies in Vienna at the Technical University and then at the Academy of Fine Arts.  Throughout the 1920s, Kiesler works in theatrical set development and design.  Josef Hoffmann invites Kiesler to design and organize a display for the Austrian theater section at the landmark Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes that was held in Paris in 1925.  After moving to the United States in the late 1920s, Kiesler received a license to practice architecture in New York in 1930.  One of his first commissions in the early 1930s was the development of the interiors and many of the associated furnishings for the apartment of Charles and Marguerita Mergentime - Marguerita was a distinguished textile designer.  It was during this period that Kiesler developed several conceptual designs like his Party Lounge and Bed Couch as well as his iconic aluminum biomorphic surfaces.  In 1942, he was invited by art collector, Peggy Guggenheim, to develop radical new exhibition methods for displaying paintings and sculpture at her Art of This Century Gallery in New York - the pieces developed for the gallery included Kiesler's now iconic Correalistic range of multi-purpose seating and surfaces.  Kiesler's works and theories were radical, revolutionary, and far beyond the time in which they were conceived - his furniture designs never went into serial production.  Wittmann has produced several important Kiesler's designs in cooperation with the Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Foundation in Vienna.

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