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Josef Hoffmann

Austrian, 1870-1956

The Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann was a central figure in the evolution of modern design, and a leader in an aesthetic movement born in Europe in the late 19th century that rejected florid, extravagant ornamentation in favor of a new emphasis on simplicity of line.

As a founder of the Vienna Secession — a union of artists and designers determined to upend Austria’s artistic conservatism — and later, a founder of the turn-of-the-century Wiener Werkstätte (in English: the Viennese Workshops), a design cooperative that produced superbly crafted furniture and housewares, Hoffmann was a pioneering practitioner of what would become a fundamental principle of modernism: that good design is a way of life.

Hoffmann came of age amidst a shift in the culture of the applied arts, as a conservative order that looked only to the past for inspiration was pushed aside. But what, exactly, would replace that order was in question — and Hoffmann’s career embodies the developing patterns of design’s new spirit. His architectural work reflects his time as a student of the Vienna architect Otto Wagner, who disdained excessive decoration and employed new materials such as steel girders and reinforced concrete to create buildings with airy, open interiors full of light.

As a designer of furniture and interiors, Hoffmann was consistently open-minded about the aesthetics he explored. He was an early adherent of the flowing, organic forms of the Art Nouveau design movement that began to flourish in the late 1880s — but by the opening of the Wiener Werkstätte in 1903, Hoffmann’s designs embraced the beauty of geometry in pieces that feature grids and angular forms.

Hoffmann’s greatest works reflect his ability to combine seemingly conflicting design visions into coherent wholes. His architectural masterpiece, the Stoclet Palace in Brussels, has an exterior that groups together simple geometric forms and spacious interiors marked by subtly naturalistic design details that lend rooms an air of charm and geniality.

Hoffmann’s signature furniture design is an adjustable lounge chair — the Sitzmaschine (1905) — that marries a curving frame with square and rectangular back- and side rests. This piece, like so many others by Hoffmann, reflects a groundbreaking, forward-thinking appreciation for the union of different looks and sources that marks the best of interior design in our own day. Moreover, items offered on 1stDibs — which range from enameled silver jewelry, to silver flower vase baskets and other decorative objects, to sofas, lighting pendants and sconces — testify to the astonishing breadth of Hoffman’s creative pursuits. He was truly a giant of design.

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Josef Hoffmann Opaline Glass Table Lamp, Re-Edition, Woka Lamps, Vienna
By Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
A table light with Opaline glass shade, pictured in brass. Brass, optionally varnished or nickel-plated, all other surfaces on request, Opaline-glass, hand blown. All components ...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann

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Brass

Enlarged Brass, Frostet Glass Josef Hoffmann Flush Mount/Wall Lamp, Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Larger version of the Henneberg Hohe Warte lamp from Josef Hoffmann 1901 enlarged by Woka Lamps. All components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we will ...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Josef Hoffmann

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Brass

Piano or Library-Lamp by Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstätt Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Piano and library-lamp, comes out from the shelve and has a glare-screen, see details! Early 20th century 1903, hammered originally, can be manufactured hammered with an additional c...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette Silk & Brass Moldauer Pende, Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
For the residence of the Banker Dr Dietrich Moldauer material: Patinated brass, silk, all other colors are possible. Literature: Sekler, Josef Hoffmann – Das architektonische Werk, ...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann

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Brass

Cabaret Fledermaus Josef Hoffmann table by Jacob6Josef Kohn 1905
By Jacob & Josef Kohn, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
An extraordinary modern table from the early phase of industrial design. The bent-wood-industry has had enormous progress since mid 19. century and from 1900, they started a fruitful...
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Early 1900s Austrian Jugendstil Antique Josef Hoffmann

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Bentwood

Josef Hoffmann "Palme Kobe" Jugendstil Chandelier, Re Edition
By Woka Lamps, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Variation of the great Palme designed by Josef Hoffmann in circa 1918 Different Variations of the chandelier are available - see our pictures below Total drop custom made. All c...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann

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Crystal, Brass

Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstätte Flower Pots Ensemble
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Group of handcrafted flowerpots, as well available in several sizes Material Solid punched brass.
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann

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Brass

Josef Hoffman Club Chairs
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in New York City, NY
Stunning pair of 1960's Josef Hoffman for Wittmann club chairs, fully restored with new Boucle cushions.
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Josef Hoffmann

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Bouclé

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H 27.5 in. W 24 in. D 25 in.
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Josef Hoffmann furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Josef Hoffmann furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Josef Hoffmann collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular.. We have 150 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there are also 134 modern editions to choose from. Many original furniture by Josef Hoffmann were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Art Nouveau style. Many customers also consider furniture by Michael Thonet, Adolf Loos and Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH when they are looking for additional options. The prices for Josef Hoffmann furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $399 and tops out at $107,888, while pieces like these can sell for $4,823.

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