(b St Michael, Salzburg, 3 April 1887; d Mödling, nr Vienna, 16 April 1923). Austrian architect, printmaker and decorative artist. As early as 1913 Peche turned from architecture to the decorative arts, and thereafter produced fabric designs for the firms of J. Backhausen & Söhne and Ph. Haas, designs for vessels for the Wiener Keramik and the faience manufacturer Joseph Böck, as well as wallpaper designs for the firm of M. Schmidt. He extended his various ornamental structures more densely into complete spatial settings. After designing ladies’ boudoirs for the Ausstellung der Tapetenindustrie in Vienna in 1913, he reached the apotheosis at the Werkbund-Ausstellung in Cologne in 1914. His Biedermeier wallpaper with a scattered pattern altered the tectonics of ceiling and walls. With a carpet that had a powerful pattern, the diffuse lighting created by ruched tulle curtains, a few items of ornamented furniture and an enhanced ceiling height, he achieved an unrestricted, anti-rationalistic sense of space.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.