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Josef Hoffmann Decorative Objects

Austrian, 1870-1956
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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Creator: Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstätte Flower Pots Ensemble
By Woka Lamps, Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte
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 Decorative Objects

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Rare Silver Vase with Glass Insert by Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstätte
By Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Wiener Werkstatte silver reticulated flower basket with original glass insert in a very rare model made with silver. Designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870-1956), Vienna, circa...
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Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte, Silver Vase, c. 1925
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A prime example of the hand craftsmanship in metalwork that characterizes the work of Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätte. The goal of the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop) wa...
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Silver, Sterling Silver

Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstätte Silver Bowl, Jugendstil, 1920
By Woka Lamps, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Solid silver, chased and hammered, excellent craftsmanship, signes of age and use, marked twice with 0900, weight 164,3g, originally manufactured at the historical Wiener Werkstätte,...
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1920s Austrian Jugendstil Vintage Josef Hoffmann Decorative Objects

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Silver

Loetz Art Nouveau Vase Opal with Black Etched Decor, J. Hoffmann, Austria, 1912
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Vase on a round stand, slightly bulging towards the top with a slightly flared, flat rim of the mouth, opal-colored glass underlay with black overlay, high-cut decor with bellflowers...
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1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Josef Hoffmann Decorative Objects

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Glass

Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstatte Vienna circa 1920 Silver Dish
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Oakland, CA
Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstatte Vienna circa 1920 Silver Dish. A Sterling silver bowls hand chased, made of silver and hallmarked on the lower bottom. Manufacture: ‘Wiener Werks...
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Josef Hoffmann Decorative Objects

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Silver

Fine Josef Hoffman Wiener Werkstätte Art Nouveau box Austria 1912
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Fine and distinguished box, designed by the “Hero” of the Wiener Werkstatte, Josef Hoffmann. Made of nickel plated brass, leaves and stars in the pattern. This box is not marked, but...
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1910s Austrian Jugendstil Vintage Josef Hoffmann Decorative Objects

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Brass, Nickel

Josef Hoffmann a “Flower Basket”, Wiener Werkstätte, 1906
By Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte
Located in Brussels, BE
Josef Hoffmann a “flower basket”, Wiener Werkstätte, 1906 cf MAK, Vienna, Wiener Werkstätte Archive, WWF 132–53–1, model number: M 0552. In 1892, Hoffmann applied to Vienna’s A...
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Original Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstatte Vienna Secessonist Flower Stand
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
A typical work from the early period of the Wiener Werkstatte. Punched iron sheet, white lacquered. See similar items - Wiener Werkstatte pattern books as displayed. No signature.
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Copper Sculpture by California Artist Josef Hoffmann, 1960s
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Brutalist table sculpture of copper tubing with lovely patina. Mounted on a solid wood base. Made in the 1960s by California artist Josef Hoffmann.
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Josef Hoffmann/Vally Wieselthier/Wiener Werkstaette a Glass Centrepiece, 1917
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Vally Wieselthier
Located in Skanninge, SE
An amazing vase with Reclining Female Figures. Designed, circa 1917, executed by Johann Oertel & Co, Haida for the Wiener Werkstätte. Hoffmann, Josef (Austrian, 1870-1956), Desi...
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1910s Austrian Jugendstil Vintage Josef Hoffmann Decorative Objects

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Enamel

Bookmark Attr. to Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstatte, 1920
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Bookmark by Carl Otto Czeschka or Josef Hofmann, around 1920. Metal foil on paper. Attributed to Wiener Werkstätte.
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Metal

Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstätte Jugendstil Wall Light, Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
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...
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Brass

Josef Hoffmann Vase, Wiener Werkstatte, circa 1915 - 1920
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Moser Glassworks
Located in New York, NY
Josef Hoffmann cut and ground clear crystal vase made by Ludwig Moser & Söhne, Karlsbad for Wiener Werkstätte circa 1915 - 1920. Stamp signature to underside: [MOSER KARLSBAD WW CZ...
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20th Century Austrian Josef Hoffmann Decorative Objects

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Glass

Josef Hoffmann Bowl, Wiener Werkstatte, circa 1915 - 1920
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Moser Glassworks
Located in New York, NY
Josef Hoffmann cut and ground clear crystal bowl / vase made by Ludwig Moser & Söhne, Karlsbad for Wiener Werkstätte circa 1915 - 1920. Stamp signature to underside: [MOSER KARLSBA...
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20th Century Austrian Josef Hoffmann Decorative Objects

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Glass

Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstatte Vienna circa 1920 Silver Dish, Pair
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Oakland, CA
Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstatte Vienna circa 1920 silver dish pair. A quality pair of dishes or bowls hand chased, made of silver and hallmarked on the side top. Manufacture: ‘W...
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1920s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Josef Hoffmann Decorative Objects

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Silver

Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstatte Brass Basket, circa 1920
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A Josef Hoffmann brass, hand-hammered handled basket, made by the Wiener Werkstatte, circa 1920. The hammered fluted basket is of rounded open shape with variously sized flutes aroun...
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1920s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Josef Hoffmann Decorative Objects

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Brass

Box Josef Hoffmann Copper Ceramics Figurine Klieber Wiener Werkstaette
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Finest as well as rare lidded box made during Art Nouveau Period on behalf of Wiener Werkstaette. Related box is signed at reverse side by signet of Josef Hoffmann & by characters '...
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1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Josef Hoffmann Decorative Objects

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Copper

Midcentury Josef Hoffmann Accessory for Bieffeplast
By Josef Hoffmann, Bieffeplast
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Elegant and strikingly minimal designs by Josef Hoffmann. The bowls/ dish height is 3 1/2 inches and the width is 8 1/2 inches showing very little if any use.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Josef Hoffmann Decorative Objects

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Metal

Midcentury Josef Hoffmann Accessory for Bieffeplast
By Josef Hoffmann, Bieffeplast
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Elegant and strikingly minimal Bauhaus designs by Josef Hoffmann. Measure: 4.24” square and 4” high. Showing little if any use.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Josef Hoffmann Decorative Objects

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Metal

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Josef Hoffmann decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs

Decorative objects of Josef Hoffmann are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Josef Hoffmann decorative objects there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 12 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. In Europe, many of the original decorative objects by Josef Hoffmann were created during the 20th century in the Art Nouveau style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Johann Lötz Witwe, Carl Kauba and Wiener Werkstätte. Prices for Josef Hoffmann decorative objects can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $399 and tops out at $29,769, while pieces like these can sell for $4,675.

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