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.

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Josef Hoffmann Pendant Chandelier 1901 by Woka Lamps

By Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann Pendant Chandelier 1901 by Woka Lam...
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Silk
 for the appartment Gustav Pollak, in Vienna 1040
Original Josef Hoffmann Ceiling Lamp

By Josef Hoffmann
Original Josef Hoffmann Ceiling Lamp
Josef Hoffmann
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Cut Glass
This type of puristic ceiling lamp was first designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1901. Later he used it for several houses, Hohe Warte Henneberg House, Wärndorfer House and House Mautner Mar...
Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte Crystal Glass Chandelier by Woka

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte Crystal Glass Ch...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Crystal
Magnificent crystal-chandelier, once and unique presented at the Wiener Werkstaetten Room from the Austrian House at the Werkbundausstellung Koeln/Germany, 1914.
Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstaette 1910, Chandelier "Serge" by Woka Vienna

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann for Wiener Werkstaette 1910, Chande...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Crystal
Very elegant crystal-chandelier, the original chandelier is at the Cafe Sabarsky, Neue Galerie, New York.
Josef Hoffmann Pende 1900 by Woka Lamps

By Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann Pende 1900 by Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Opaline Glass
Very important early design by Josef Hoffmann. See figure: The Studio 1906, C14 Art Revival in Austria brass, crystal-glass, opaline-glass on the chain Length custom-made.
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette Moldauer Chandelier 1901 by Woka Vienna

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette Moldauer Chand...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Silk
This chandelier is an excellent example for Hoffmanns way from the geometrical reduction - started 1901 by him, to the neoclassical direction, which he started, circa 1909, on the works...
Josef Hoffmann Chandelier 1908 for the Wiener Werkstätte Luna by Woka Vienna

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann Chandelier 1908 for the Wiener Werk...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Crystal, Silk
A Josef Hoffmann design for the Staekelborg, Knips and for the Berta Zuckerkandl Mansion. Comes in all sizes. Image shows the lamp in a showroom of the Wiener Werkstätte.
Josef Hoffmann Pendant for the Wiener Werstaette Fifth-Avenue by Woka Vienna

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann Pendant for the Wiener Werstaette F...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Silk
This marvellous pendant was designed for the New York branch of the historical Wiener Werkstaette. Material Brass and silk.
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstätte, 1903 Ceiling Lamp, Re-Edition

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstätte, 1903 Ceiling L...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
Pendant, used in several Versions in Showrooms of the Wiener Werkstätte. Material used is brass in several finishes, picture shows patinated version. Originally manufactured at the ...
Josef Hoffmann & Koloman 'Kolo' Moser & Wiener Werkstaette Pendant by Woka

By Koloman Moser, Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann & Koloman 'Kolo' Moser & Wiener Wer...
Koloman Moser, Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Crystal
A single pendant from the chandelier for the entrance of the Wiener Werkstaette-Showrooms in Neustiftgasse 32/34 in Vienna Hammered or plain - another image shows the complete chandeli...
Josef Hoffmann Palme Harrods by Woka, Vienna

By Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann Palme Harrods by Woka, Vienna
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Crystal
A smaller version of the famous and magnificent "Palme" chandelier designed by Josef Hoffmann Material Hand formed sand casted brass, crystal glass.
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette by Woka Lamps

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette by Woka Lamps
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
An elegant and delicate pendant designed by Josef Hoffmann.
Josef Hoffmann House Henneberg 1900 Flush Mount Chandelier by Woka

By Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann House Henneberg 1900 Flush Mount Ch...
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Cut Glass
A variation of the very important chandelier for the Henneberg House, built in 1900 on the outskirts of Vienna, were Hoffmann was responsible for the design and construction of eight ho...
Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstaette Moldauer Pende 1912 by Woka Vienna

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstaette Moldauer Pende 1...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Silk
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, Sal...
Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstaette

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstaette
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
Beautiful ceiling lamp with Hand chased ornaments.
Wiener Werkstaette, Fashion House

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Wiener Werkstaette, Fashion House
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
First Floor Wiener Werkstaette Fashion House, Vienna 1. Kärntnerstrasse 41.
Koloman Moser 1905 Chandelier, Re-Edition

By Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Koloman Moser 1905 Chandelier, Re-Edition
Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Opaline Glass
A very nice version from the often used design by Koloman Moser as well as by Josef Hoffmann, the total drop will be custom-made. Material used is brass any finishes, handblown glass,...
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette, 1908 Ceiling Lamp, Re-Edition

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette, 1908 Ceiling ...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Silk
Three-arm chandelier with fabric shades. The given length is just the chandelier with no chain, the total drop is custom-made. WW-Archiv, MAK M1652. Originally manufactured at the Wi...
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette 1905 Pendant, Re-Edition

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette 1905 Pendant, ...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Silk
Material: brass laquered or nickel plated. Silk-shade comes in any colour. White inside. handmade. The bottom is covered with a hardened opaline-glass in a brass-frame different sizes a...
Josef Hoffmann 1918 Chandelier, Re-Edition

By Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann 1918 Chandelier, Re-Edition
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Crystal
Variation of the great Palme designed by Josef Hoffmann around about 1918. Additional Information: Ø: 72 cm (28.35 inch) Weight: 16 kg (7.27 lb) Sockets: 12 x Edison screw sockets E1...
Early 20th Century Josef Hoffmann Ceiling Lamp "Palme-Dubai", Re-Edition

By Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Early 20th Century Josef Hoffmann Ceiling Lamp "Pa...
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Cut Glass
This is a larger version of the famous Josef Hoffmann Palme.  Material used is brass in any finish, crystal-glass. Custom-made production at the Woka Lamps Workshop in Vienna. A...
Josef Hoffmann 1914 Chandelier "Palme Shanghai" Re-Edition

By Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann 1914 Chandelier "Palme Shanghai" Re...
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Crystal
Magnificent chandelier in solid casted brass. Extraordinary elaborate finishes. Rich hangings with hand-cut crystal glasses. Surface either brass, patinated, chrome et cetera. Origin...
20th Century Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette Chandelier, Re-Edition 1923

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
20th Century Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette C...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
A really beautiful, modern and exclusive brass chandelier, chased, hammered and casted parts. Model# 3669-M and WWF 119-4-2 at the Wiener Werkstaette pattern-book at the MAK, Museum of ...
Early 20th Century Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette Ceiling Lamp, Re-Edition

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Early 20th Century Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werksta...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Opaline Glass
Five-arm chandelier for the Welz Family in Vienna. Lit.: WW Archive at the MAK in Vienna. A three-arm version will cost about 2/3 of the five-arm version. Available in different finish...
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette Ceiling Lamp, Design 1924, Re-Edition

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstaette Ceiling Lamp, ...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Opaline Glass
A very modern chandelier, which also can be manufactured in other sizes. Available in different sizes. Originally manufactured at the Wiener Werkstaette Atelier, now custom-made pro...
Early 20th Century Josef Hoffmann "Hochstetter Pende" Design 1902, Re-Edition

By Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Early 20th Century Josef Hoffmann "Hochstetter Pen...
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
Before the funding of the historical Wiener Werkstätte, four pieces of this lamp were designed and manufactured for the Hochstetter Apartment. Now manufactured at the Woka Lamps Work...
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstätte Pendant

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstätte Pendant
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Silk
Brass lamp laquered or nickel-plated. Silk-shade comes in any color, white inside. All handmade. Optionally the bottom can be covered with a hardened opaline-glass in a brass-frame. ...
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener WerkstatteCeiling Lamp, Edition 1909

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener WerkstatteCeiling Lamp, Ed...
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 nicke...
Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstatte Ceiling Lamp

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
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 1905/06 Mak Inv Nr 103/WWV. Brass, optionally varnished or nickel...
Joseph Hoffmann and Bakalowitz Palm Tree Chandelier

By Josef Hoffmann
Joseph Hoffmann and Bakalowitz Palm Tree Chandelie...
Josef Hoffmann
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Chandeliers and Pendants
Ormolu, Cut Glass, Crystal
Joseph Hoffmann and Bakalowitz, Palm tree chandelier Bibliography: Model shown in the exhi-bition “Lumières, je pense à vous”, from June 3 to August 5, 1985, at the Centre Pompidou, ...
Josef Hoffmann Pendant, Edition 1900

By Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Josef Hoffmann Pendant, Edition 1900
Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
2010s Austrian Jugendstil Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Crystal, Cut Glass
This is an early example of Josef Hoffmann’s puristic phase before the funding of the Wiener Werkstatte in 1903, used in different forms at the Villenkolonie Hohe Warte, Waerndorfer and...
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