Celebrate National Book Lovers’ Day with this …

Celebrate National Book Lovers’ Day with this ornate 25th anniversary album produced by the Wiener Werkstätte.  The album’s embossed, orange and black papier-mâché binding (designed by Vally Wieselthier and Gudrun Baudish) was so unconventional that it had to be executed, not by a bookbinder, but by a Viennese toymaker.  Images of glass objects are scattered throughout the album’s pages.  Both the book and many of the illustrated designs are on view through January 7, 2019 in “Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900-1937,” a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO. 

25th Anniversary Book, Die Wiener Werkstätte, 1903-1928: Modernes Kunstgewerbe und sein Weg (Modern decorative art and its path). Compiled by Mathilde Flӧgl (Austrian, 1893-1958); binding designed by Vally Wieselthier (Austrian, 1895-1945) and Gudrun Baudisch (Austrian, 1907-1982); Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna: Krystall-Verlag, 1929). Paper, papier maché binding. L. 24 cm, W. 23 cm. The Corning Museum of Glass, Rakow Research Library (169938).