Having attended the junior art classes of Franz Cizek, Ilse Bernheimer (1892–1985) studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna under Kolo Moser and Oskar Kokoschka in 1911–16. She then lived in Zurich, Paris, and Saint-Tropez (1919–25). Having returned to Vienna in 1925, she taught at the Kunstschule für Frauen und Mädchen. She was taken on as an assistant by Oskar Strnad (1926–27), before working together with Eduard J. Wimmer-Wisgrill – the former director of the Wiener Werkstätte – at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna (from 1930). In 1938, she emigrated to Italy, where she later taught at the glass school in Murano (from 1952). Bernheimer furnished house no. 15 by Anton Brenner at the Werkbund Estate.