Jacques Groag (1892–1962) trained as a civil engineer at the Technische Hochschule in Vienna from 1909 to 1914, and also attended the Bauschule of Adolf Loos. Active as an independent architect from 1926, he became established above all as a designer of single-family homes and interiors. At the Werkbund Estate, he designed houses nos. 45–46, both of which he furnished himself. In 1938, Groag emigrated to Czechoslovakia, where he had already worked and was well known. Having moved on to England, he devoted himself to furniture design and took up a teaching position at the Hammersmith School for Arts and Crafts. Groag, who was initially strongly influenced by Adolf Loos, was an important figure in the second phase of Wiener Moderne (‘Viennese Modernism’).