The celebrated Brno-born modern architect Adolf Loos (1870–1933), who worked in the years before World War I and during the decade after, is considered a visionary for rejecting conscious ornamentation in favor of allowing a building’s function to guide its design. At the time, he was derided by many: When he designed the Looshaus on Vienna’s prestigious Michaelerplatz—a building clad from the waist down in smooth marble and sporting unadorned windows set out along a simple grid—critics mocked it as having “windows without eyebrows.” Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph I, known for his highly conservative tastes, loathed it. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-six Buy Now Related Stories Design Interiors Issue 43 Vincent Van Duysen At home with the cult architect. Design Interiors Issue 38 At Work With: Green River Project Aaron Aujla and Ben Bloomstein switched lanes from art to design, and found their true calling as outsiders in the world of interiors. Interiors Issue 32 At Work With: Bijoy Jain The philosophically-inclined architect speaks to Anindita Ghose about exporting his vernacular style. Design Interiors Issue 30 Maison de Verre A cubist tableau. A light show. A maverick of modernism. Hugo Macdonald explores a Parisian masterpiece. Interiors Issue 29 Archive: Valentine Schlegel Sarah Moroz charts the story of a single-minded woman whose contribution to French design is only now being appreciated. Interiors City Guide Finn Juhl’s House A masterpiece of Danish Modern design on the outskirts of Copenhagen.