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Oskar Strnad


Oskar Strnad (*1879 in Vienna, †1935 in Bad Aussee) was an Austrian architect, designer, and set designer.

As president of the Austrian Werkbund, Oskar Strnad became closely acquainted with Stefan Rath, the owner of Lobmeyr at the time.

The fruitful cooperation that arose from the friendship resulted in pioneering Lobmeyr works; the “Strnad” jars from 1916 are still part of the collection today.

In 1925, he put his stage designing skills to work on the famous Lobmeyr stand at the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, at which Lobmeyr won the Grand Prix. His 1932 Werkbund exhibition in Vienna also caused quite a stir, due among other things to the spectacular presentation of the glass exhibits, which were individually illuminated from below.

He studied at the Technical University in Vienna under Max von Ferstel and Karl König, both important historicist architects, going on to work for Friedrich Ohmann and theatre architects Fellner and Helmer. Together with Oskar Wlach and later Josef Frank, Strnad helped shape the Vienna School of architecture with an informal, undogmatic approach to Modernism that was more interested in real living than in representative buildings.


From 1909 to 1935, Strnad taught at the Wiener Kunstgewerbeschule, taking over the architecture class in 1914. His students included Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Robert Obsieger, and Otto Niedermoser. In addition to architecture, he made important contributions in the fields of stage design and theatre costumes, working together with Max Reinhart. He also designed furniture, ceramics, and glass.