Top 10 Quotes by Adolf Loos

Adolf Loos

Changes in the traditional way of building are only permitted if they are an improvement. Otherwise stay with what is traditional, for truth, even if it be hundreds of years old has a stronger inner bond with us than the lie that walks by our side.

Adolf Loos
All art is erotic. The first ornament to have been invented, the cross, was of erotic origin. It was the first work of art. A horizontal stroke: the woman lying down. A vertical stroke: the male who penetrates her.
Adolf Loos

The Potemkin city of which I wish to speak here is none other than our dear Vienna herself. Adolf

Adolf Loos
Be truthful, nature only sides with truth. Adolf
Adolf Loos

If nothing were left of an extinct race but a single button, I would be able to infer, form the shape of that button, how these people dressed, built their houses, how they lived, what was their religion, their art, their mentality.

Adolf Loos
Supply and demand regulate architectural form. Adolf
Adolf Loos

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not. The work is a private matter for the artist. The house is not.

Adolf Loos
Tattooed men who are not behind bars are either latent criminals or degenerate aristocrats. If someone who is tattooed dies in freedom, then he does so a few years before he would have committed murder.
Adolf Loos

Man loves everything that satisfies his comfort. He hates everything that wants to draw him out of his acquired and secured position and that disturbs him. Thus he loves the house and hates art.

Adolf Loos
The law courts must appear as a threatening gesture toward secret vice. The bank must declare: here your money is secure and well looked after by honest people.