Paul Engelmann

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Paul Engelmann (born June 14, 1891 in Olomouc , Austria-Hungary ; † February 5, 1965 in Tel Aviv-Jaffa ) was an Austrian-Israeli architect and furniture designer, mainly active in Vienna .


Engelmann graduated from the Realgymnasium in Olomouc, studied for two years at the Technical University in Vienna , became a pupil from 1912–1914 and later worked with Adolf Loos . In the 1920s Engelmann lived mainly in Olomouc. With his brother Peter Engelmann , a draftsman, he dealt with theoretical questions of caricature (his sister Anny Engelmann was a book illustrator).

Engelmann had intensive contact with Ludwig Wittgenstein , for whose sister Margarethe Stonborough-Wittgenstein he built the Wittgenstein house from 1926–1928 , and with Karl Kraus . In 1911, the torch published his poem of praise for the Looshaus on Michaelerplatz . In 1934 he emigrated to Tel Aviv, where he designed furniture and converted apartments, such as that of Max Zweig . Engelmann also worked as the editor of an anthology of German poetry and as a magazine editor.

In 2003 the Paul-Engelmann-Weg in Vienna- Donaustadt (22nd district) was named after him.


  • Ilse Somavila (ed.): Wittgenstein - Engelmann: letters, encounters, memories . Haymon, Vienna / Innsbruck 2006, ISBN 978-3-85218-503-3 .

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