Dagobert Peche (1887 – 1923) Austrian artist and designer

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Ceramic container designer by Dagobert Peche featured image
Ceramic container designer by Dagobert Peche featured image

Multi-disciplined Designer

Dagobert Peche (1887 – 1923) was an Austrian architect, painter, metalworker, glass and ceramics artist and jewellery designer.

Brooch designed by Dagobert Peche
Brooch designed by Dagobert Peche

Education for Dagobert Peche

He studied engineering and then architecture at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna from 1906 to 1910.

Biography for Dagobert Peche

In 1912, he began designing for the industry, focusing on ceramics and carpets. He joined the Wiener Werkstatte in 1915, eventually becoming co-director between 1917 and 1923; this affected the highly architectural style shown in his lamp designs around 1920, which were more classically adorned than his later, more abstract work. 

He designed and oversaw the Wiener Werkstatte’s Zurich shop from 1917 until 1919. Peche, along with Hoffmann, was the Werkstatte’s most prominent designer at the time. Peche combined ornamental motifs from the Baroque and Rococo periods to produce an extraordinarily distinctive and original vocabulary. Peche’s metalwork was densely ornamented and lavishly decorated. 

Sezession Scones by Dagobert Peche, 1920s
Sezession Scones by Dagobert Peche, 1920s

He devised wholly new, amusing forms, frequently in simple materials like tole and cardboard; the conditions caused by World War I dictated the use of low-cost raw materials. After the war, he produced utilitarian silver objects and purely decorative silver ornaments, an example of which was the 1920 50th birthday gift presented to Josef Hoffmann by the Wiener Werkstatte; the articulated fruits in the piece represented sculpture, painting, and architecture.

Dagobert Peche – Selection of Works

Large Leaves (Grosse Blätter) designed by Dagobert Peche
Large Leaves (Grosse Blätter) designed by Dagobert Peche
Daphnis designed by Dagobert Peche
Daphnis designed by Dagobert Peche

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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