Julius Jirasek (1896 – 1966), Austrian Architect and Designer


Julius Jirasek (1896–1966) was an architect and designer.  He was active in  Vienna. He designed flats, business premises, and furniture.


He studied architecture at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna under Oskar Strnad.


While a prisoner of war in Russia, he became interested in the art of the Urals. In 1923, he went back to Vienna and re-enrolled at the Kunstgewerbeschule. He became an independent architect in Vienna, where he designed residential and shop interiors by 1930 and worked at Werkstatten Hagenauer, which produced his designs for silver jewelry, ceramics, lighting, glassware, and furniture, and where he was a major contributor to the firm’s success.

Sideboard designed by Julius Jirasek (Patrick Kovacs)


In the years after World War I, many people used Jirasek’s furniture and designs for door handles and lamps. (Julius Jirasek – English, n.d.)

Werkstätte Hagenauer Chairs M006 by Julius Jirasek, Austria
Werkstätte Hagenauer Chairs M006 by Julius Jirasek, Austria

Interior Design

Jirasek’s creations were steadfastly modern, much like Franz Hagenauer’s. His works were typically lighter and had simpler lines than most of his fellow Austrians, despite drawing inspiration from the contemporary Wiener Wohnkultur, the city’s dominant interior design idiom. (Long, 2003)


His work was shown at the 1971 Werkstätten Hagenauer 1898–1971 und Hochschule für angewandte Kunst, Meisterklasse für freies Gestalten in Metall’ exhibition, Osterreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna.


He received the 1951 Prize for Applied Arts in Vienna.


Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing. https://amzn.to/3ElmSlL

Julius Jirasek – English. (n.d.). Werkbundsiedlung Wien. Retrieved April 9, 2023, from https://www.werkbundsiedlung-wien.at/en/

Long, C. (2003). The Werkstätte Hagenauer: Design and Marketing in Vienna between the World Wars. Studies in the Decorative Arts10(2), 2-20.


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