Josef Hoffmann Furniture

Josef Hoffmann (Austria, 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 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 these pages — which range from enameled silver jewelry, to a silver flower vase basket, to lighting pendants and sconces — testify to the astonishing breadth of Hoffman’s creative pursuits. He was truly a giant of design.

Natural Leather Kubus Design by Josef Hoffmann
Natural Leather Kubus Design by Josef Hoffmann
Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1910s Austrian Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather
A Classic example of Hoffmann’s strict geometrical lines and the quadratic theme in his work is the Kubus armchair, designed in 1910 and handcrafted to perfection. Wittmann Kubus Ar...
Rare Set of four 423/1 F Armchairs by Josef Hoffman for J. & J. Kohn from 1918
Rare Set of four 423/1 F Armchairs by Josef Hof...
Jacob and Josef Kohn, Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Chairs
Beech
A very rare set of four armchairs designed by the legendary architect Josef Hoffman and produced by the reknown furniture makers Jacob & Josef Kohn factory in Austria. These Hoffman...
Two Josef Hoffmann Chairs 20th Century  fabric by Josef Frank Oswald Haerdtl
Two Josef Hoffmann Chairs 20th Century fabric ...
Josef Frank, Oswald Haerdtl, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1930s Austrian Art Deco Chairs
Fabric
Created by Josef Hoffmann and Oswald Haerdtl for the Otto Beyer fashion style pattern store in Vienna, Singerstrasse 14 which is shown on one of the images. Fabric "Notturno," design...
Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstätte Chair for the Purkersdorf Sanatorium 20thC
Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstätte Chair for the...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Jugendstil Club Chairs
Leather, Suede, Oak
Designed for the music-saloon at the Purkersdorf Sanatorium, see enclosed the validation from the Dorotheum auction house from circa 2005.
Unique Josef Hoffmann Chest from 1901 Jugendstil Woka Vienna
Unique Josef Hoffmann Chest from 1901 Jugendsti...
Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Jugendstil Blanket Chests
Oak
Origin: From the photographic studio Villa Spitzer, Villenkolonie Hohe Warte, Vienna, together with the Henneberg house and the house Moll or Moser the first important work of Josef ...
Documented Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstätte Glass Vase, circa 1923
Documented Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstätte Gla...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1920s Austrian Art Deco Vases
Blown Glass
In the later years of the production of the Wiener Werkstätte, the two artists Josef Hoffmann and Dagobert Peche were responsible for many iconic designs. The style of Peche inspired...
Josef Hoffmann Sitzmaschine Chair circa 1905 Austrian Rare Museum Quality
Josef Hoffmann Sitzmaschine Chair circa 1905 Au...
Josef Hoffmann
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Bauhaus Lounge Chairs
Beech, Plywood
A very rare 20th century 'Sitzmaschine' chair designed by Josef Hoffmann circa 1905, manufactured by J. & J. Kohn, Austria, with stained beechwood frame and plywood seat and back, wi...
Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstätte Wall Light Early 20th Century 1903 by Woka
Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstätte Wall Light...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Crystal
This is a great lamp from Josef Hoffmann most important building - the Purkersdorf Sanatorium. The reading room at the first floor - on the original image one can see the lamp in the...
Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstätte Wall Light, early 20th Century 1903 by Woka
Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstätte Wall Light...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass
Wall-lamp with mirror and flower-vase from the dining-room of the Purkersdorf Sanatorium, Lit.: Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, 1906/VII, S. 432 f. (two views from the dingin room San...
1930s Austrian Silver Jug by Josef Hoffmann
1930s Austrian Silver Jug by Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Silber Manufactur
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Art Deco Pitchers
Sterling Silver
This Hoffmann jug from the 1930s is part of the design archives of Wiener Silber manufacturer which, as one of the last European silver producers, combines unique design with superio...
Centerpiece with Lapis Lazuli by Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Silber Manufactur
Centerpiece with Lapis Lazuli by Josef Hoffmann...
Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Silber Manufactur
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Vienna Secession Sterling Silver
Lapis Lazuli, Sterling Silver
1902, one year prior to the founding of the Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann designed this centerpiece. The pure form and smooth surface of the base are revolutionary. Four semiprec...
Spice Bowl by Josef Hoffmann and Wiener Silber Manufactur
Spice Bowl by Josef Hoffmann and Wiener Silber ...
Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Silber Manufactur
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Vienna Secession Sterling Silver
Gold Plate, Silver
Year of Design: 1902 In addition to his original flatware No. 135 of 1902 Josef Hoffmann created this matching salt and spice bowl with the dainty little spoon. The glass insert pro...
N. 811 Armchair by Josef Hoffmann & GTV
Josef Hoffmann, Gebruder Thonet
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs
Beech
Steam bent beech chair and stool, designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1930. A timeless and modern design gives the chair N. 811 an outstanding comfort and lightness. Available in three ver...
Josef Hoffmann Lidded Jar Moser Karlsbad Wiener...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1910s Austrian Art Deco Jars
Blown Glass
Since the founding of the Wiener Werkstatte the cooperation of the designers and other traditional enterprises was ever present and very successful. Glass objects were mostly execute...
Handbag Josef Hoffmann Leather Gold Embossed Wi...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1920s Austrian Art Deco Decorative Boxes
Brass, Leather
The fashion department of the Wiener Werkstatte was very successful during the 1920s. The most important designers of that period were Eduard Josef Wimmer-Wisgrill and Josef Hoffmann...
"Austrian Applied Arts" Book
Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1930s Austrian Vienna Secession Books
Paper
One-volume survey of "Austrian Applied Arts", primarily Secession, with an introduction by Josef Hoffmann. Published in 1930 by Heinz & Co. Organized by type-ceramics, metal, textile...
Cabaret Fledermaus Chair by Josef Hoffmann Gust...
Josef Hoffmann
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Vienna Secession Chairs
Bentwood
Designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1907 for the famous Cabaret Fledermaus in Vienna Original early 1900 century Bentwood chair Very good condition.
N. 811 Chair by Josef Hoffmann & GTV
Gebruder Thonet, Josef Hoffmann
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs
Beech
Steam bentbeech chair and stool, designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1930. A timeless and modern design gives the chair N. 811 an outstanding comfort and lightness. Available in three vers...
Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstätte 1903 Table Lam...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Table Lamps
Brass, Silk
A very early design by Josef Hoffmann for the Sanatorium Purkersdorf Veranda, later used at the Cabaret Fledermaus. Published in Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration 1906. Hoffmann was comm...
Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstaette Table Lam...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Table Lamps
Brass, Opaline Glass
One of the first lamp-design by Josef Hoffmann, executed by the Wiener Werkstaette, works-number M 109, pattern book of the Wiener Werkstaette WWMB 3, p. 541. Displayed at the WW-Sho...
Josef Hoffmann Stool 1902 J&J Kohn early 20th c...
Josef Hoffmann
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Jugendstil Stools
Beech
See image with the expertise by Dr. Gerti Draxler, Dorotheum Vienna, from the seating arrangement in the drawing room of the Biach House, 1902-1903, beechwood black stained, Backhaus...
Josef Hoffmann 1908 Barrel-chair, Original, Koh...
Jacob and Josef Kohn, Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Jugendstil Armchairs
Fabric, Bentwood
Extremely rare armchair in bentwood, original condition, original fabric, manufactured by Jacob & Josef Kohn. Enclosed an image from the Exposicion Internacional de Centenario in...
Josef Hoffmann Pair of Armchairs, Model 421
Josef Hoffmann
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Vienna Secession Armchairs
Brass, Beech
Pair of Vienna secession armchairs, model 421, in mahogany stained beechwood with brass nails on back of the chairs by Josef Hoffmann, produced by J. & J. Kohn, Austria, circa 1907.
Josef Hoffmann Four Vienna Secession Armchairs ...
Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Jugendstil Armchairs
Beech
Four Vienna Secession armchairs in ebonized beechwood with grey silk upholstery designed by Josef Hoffmann, manufactured by J. & J. Kohn, Vienna, circa 1905. Available by pairs.
Josef Hoffmann for Jacob & Josef Khon Pair of A...
Josef Hoffmann
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Vienna Secession Armchairs
Bentwood
Josef Hoffmann A bentwood pair of armchair Jacob & Josef Khon, Vienna secession perfect condition.
N. 811 Hocker Stool by Josef Hoffmann & GTV
Gebruder Thonet, Josef Hoffmann
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Stools
Beech
Steam bent beech chair and stool, designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1930. A timeless and modern design gives the chair N. 811 an outstanding comfort and lightness. Available in three ver...
Silvered Bottle Stopper by Josef Hoffmann Wiene...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1910s Austrian Jugendstil Barware
Brass
Silvered bottle stopper by Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstätte Original condition.
Nest of Tables with Grid by Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession End Tables
Wood
Vienna Secession nest of tables with grid on the sides in ebonized stained beech wood and plywood by Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956), produced by J. & J. Kohn, circa 1904. This nest of t...

Josef Hoffmann Settee

By Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann Settee
Josef Hoffmann
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Vienna Secession Settees
Beech
Vienna Secession settee in ebonized beech wood by Josef Hoffmann, (1870-1956) manufactured by J. & J. Kohn, Austria, circa 1905.
Josef Hoffmann 1924 and 1950 Chandelier Villa A...
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
Chandelier, originally in a more opulent version designed for the Country House "AST" in Carinthia, Josef Hoffmann has preferred in the 1950s the more puristic version.  
Josef Hoffmann Table Lamp Villa Primavesi 1914 ...
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps, Wiener Werkstätte
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Table Lamps
Brass, Silk
Similar to the Steiner lamp by Adolf Loos but with a fabric shade. Published in Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration in 1915, for the bedroom of the Primavesi Family.
Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstaette Pendant 1903 ...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
A pendant version of the very early Josef Hoffmann table lamp design.
Josef Hoffmann and Wiener Werkstätte Wall Lamp
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Jugendstil Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Opaline Glass
Wall-lamp, designed by Josef Hoffmann for the Purkersdorf Sanatorium in 1903, then manufactured at the historical Wiener Werkstätte. Material. Brass, optionally varnished or ni...
Pair of Flower Pedestals Josef Hoffmann Gustav ...
Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1910s Austrian Art Deco Pedestals and Columns
Wood
Josef Hoffmann and Gustav Siegel both worked in the atelier of Otto Wagner in the time, circa 1900. Many interior designs, that came from this workshop, show the style of those two i...
Austrian Vintage Large Adjustable Counterweight...
Adolf Loos, Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Silk, Brass
Large brass and silk adjustable counterweight pendant by Adolf Loos and Josef Hoffmann (Design - Early 20th century) for Wiener Werkstätte. Austria, 1950s (Not new edition!). Meas...
Josef Hoffmann, Very Early 1900 Pende by Woka V...
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Cut Glass
This type of lamp was used by Josef Hoffmann in his best and puristic phase, two years before the founding of the historical Wiener Werkstaette for several houses: Hohe Warte Hennebe...
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstatte Ceiling Lamp...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Glass
Chandelier, also used by Hoffman at the Hohe Warte buildings Brauner and Hochstaetter 1905-1907; Salon Beer-Hofmann 1905-1906 Mak Inv Nr 103/WWV. Brass, optionally varnished or ni...
Early Josef Hoffmann Barrel Chair Jacob & Josef...
Jacob and Josef Kohn, Josef Hoffmann
Antique 1880s Austrian Vienna Secession Armchairs
Fabric, Wood
Rare single armchair by Josef Hoffmann for Jacob & Josef Kohn Austria 1880 with original label. Good condition.
Pair of Josef Hoffmann Poland Cane Bentwood Sid...
Josef Hoffmann
20th Century Polish Side Chairs
Bentwood
Antique pair of Josef Hoffmann cane bentwood side chairs. Made in Poland. Designed by Josef Hoffmann on 1920s.
Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstatte Glass Vase in ...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1910s Austrian Vienna Secession Vases
Glass
Austrian Wiener Werkstatte secessionist glass vase in dark green glass designed by Josef Hoffmann, circa 1916. The faceted and footed vase bears the acid mark of the Wiener Werkstatt...
Cake Stand by Josef Hoffman for Bieffeplast
Bieffeplast, Josef Hoffmann
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Arts and Crafts More Dining and Entertaining
Metal
Cake stand from the 1980s re-issue of Josef Hoffmann´s table utensils designed circa 1906 for Wiener Werkstätte. Enamelled metal.
20th Century Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaett...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Table Lamps
Brass
Wonderful, very elaberate table lamp, silvered brass, the original is displayed in gallery 910 at the Metropolitan Museum New York. Also available in a plain, non-wrought version. M...
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstätte 1909 Desk La...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Table Lamps
Brass, Silk
A Josef Hoffmann table lamp with a fabric-shade. Originally manufactured at the Wiener Werkstätte Atelier, now custom-made production at the Woka Lamps Workshop in Vienna. Addi...
Josef Hoffmann Five Goblets Trinkservicecm, 192...
Josef Hoffmann, J. & L. Lobmeyr
Vintage 1920s Austrian Modern Glass
Glass
Josef Hoffmann, five goblets from a drinking service, design: around 1920, design: J & L Lobmeyr, Vienna, in a Bohemian glass factory, consisting of: two liqueur glasses, a Madeira g...
Pair of Haus Koller Collection Armchairs by Jos...
Josef Hoffmann
21st Century and Contemporary European Armchairs
Velvet
Haus Koller collection armchair designed by Josef Hoffmann and made by Wittmann of Austria. Originally designed for the Koller House in 1911, these are licensed chairs from the latte...
Austrian Fledermaus Settee by Josef Hoffmann, 1...
Josef Hoffmann
20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Settees
Beech
This settee is a fusion of two styles: Josef Hoffmann’s Secession and Thonet’s furniture aesthetics. It is made entirely of bent beechwood, varnished and polished. Josef Hoffmann wa...
Early 20th Century Josef Hoffmann 1901 Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Flush Mount
Brass, Crystal
Hohe Warte and House Waerndorfer.
Enlarged Josef Hoffmann Flush Mount Lamp 1901 E...
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Flush Mount
Brass, Cut Glass
Larger Version of the Henneberg Hohe Warte lamp from Josef Hoffmann 1901 enlarged by Woka Lamps.
Piano and Library-Lamp by Josef Hoffmann, 20th ...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Table Lamps
Brass
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...
Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstätte Early 20th Cen...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Crystal
From the billard-room at the Purkersdorf Sanatorium in Vienna.
Woka Josef Hoffmann and Wiener Werkstätte 1903 ...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Flush Mount
Brass, Opaline Glass
A flatter version of the Josef Hoffmann and Wiener Werkstätte lamp.
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstatte Wall Lamp Wo...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass
A very modern wall lamp from 1903 "Gitterwork" at its finest. Brass lamp, optionally varnished or nickel-plated, all other surfaces on request. Originally manufactured at the W...
Josef Hoffmann "Patrician" Bowls, J. & L. Lobme...
J. & L. Lobmeyr, Josef Hoffmann
20th Century Austrian Modern Glass
Blown Glass
Josef Hoffmann "Patrician" bowls made for the Viennese glassware company J. & L. Lobmeyr in the 1930's. They are set of four bowls made of muslin glass that were mouth ...
Pair of Josef Hoffmann Side Tables by J&J Kohn
Josef Hoffmann, Jacob and Josef Kohn, Woka Lamps
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Jugendstil Side Tables
Beech
Rectangular rounded shelf of plywood in bentwood-frame, four cylindric legs, shelf-fixing with stabilizing spheres, an iconic example of Hoffmann's signature ball motif. Unmarked. Ca...
Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstätte Villa Witt...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Table Lamps
Brass, Silk
Wohnung Jerome und Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein 1905, Berlin.
Vintage Stool Stools from Thonet, 1930s
Thonet-Mundus, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1930s Polish Art Deco Stools
Beech
After centuries of heavy, hand-carved furnishings, Michael Thonet’s light-weight, mass-produced chairs were greeted with open arms, beloved for their simple, functional design. This ...
Josef Hoffmann by Bieffeplast 1970s Weiner Werk...
Bieffeplast, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Serving Pieces
Metal
Josef Hoffmann by Bieffeplast 1970s. White or black metal bowl Price for each.
Thonet Mundus Armchair, Model A 64 F by Josef H...
Thonet-Mundus, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1930s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Beech
Armchair model A 64 F, designed by Josef Hoffmann, circa 1930, manufactured by Thonet Mundus, beech, curved, plywood seat, lacquered, height 78 cm, width 51 cm, depth 61 cm, seat hei...
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