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Egon Riss

Born in Austria, Egon Riss (1901- 1964) studied architecture and design at the Weiner Technische Hochschule (the Vienna Institute of Technology and Science) and then at the Bauhaus in Weimar, alongside Paul Klee and Oscar Kokoschka.


Riss worked as an architect in Vienna in partnership with Fritz Judtmann until 1938, when he emigrated to England. Here he lived in the Lawn Road Flats and in partnership with Jack Pritchard designed a range of pieces for Isokon.


He is perhaps best known for the Penguin Donkey, the small bookcase he designed for Isokon that has become a genuine icon of modern design.

 


Egon Riss