Architektur und Raumkunst. Ausgeführte Arbeiten nach Entwürfen von Professor Albin Müller, Mitglied der Künstlerkolonie Darmstadt.
Leipzig, Baumgärtner’s Buchhandlung (1909).
Large folio. (5)ff, 100 photo plates. Preserved in publisher’s half cloth portfolio, very neatly rebacked (an old circular stain on portfolio’s lower cover). Text and plates in good, clean condition.
A very handsome and rare volume produced as a record of the pavilion building designed by the architect and interior designer Albin Müller (1871-1941) as the principal architectural structure at an exhibition held at Darmstadt, Germany, in 1908. Albin Müller had then recently succeeded Josef Olbrich as the leading figure in the artistic colony at Darmstadt assembled under the patronage of Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt, and the present volume offers superb photographic images both of the exterior of the pavilion and of every significant detail of its interiors and furnishing, all designed by Albin Müller himself in an Art Nouveau-influenced style analogous to that developed by Olbrich. Albin Müller’s skills in the design of furnishings stemmed from the fact that unlike other contemporary architects he had been trained as a carpenter and joiner in his father’s business, and the volume showcases an extensive selection of his very carefully executed custom-built items of furniture. The photo illustrations are particularly well reproduced and are printed on a thick paper which shows them off to considerable advantage.