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Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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 for the Wiener Werkstätte Jugendstil Wall Lamp, Re-Edition
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
A design for the Purkersdorf Sanatorium near Vienna. Originally manufactured at the Wiener Werkstaette, now manufactured at the WOKA workshop in Vienna. All components according to ...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann and Wiener Werkstätte Wall Lamp/Light Re-Edition
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Wall-lamp, designed by Josef Hoffmann for the Purkersdorf Sanatorium in 1903, then manufactured at the historical Wiener Werkstätte All components according to the UL regulations,...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann/ Wiener Werkstätte Jugendstil Silk/Brass Wall Lamp Re-Edition
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
For the residence of the Banker Dr Dietrich Moldauer Material: Patinated brass, silk, all other colors are possible as well available as single fixture - price is then half - is mis...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstatte Gitterwork Wall Lamp, Re Edition
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
A very modern wall lamp from 1903 "Gitterwork" at its finest. Most components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we will UL-list and label our fixtures. Orig...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstätte Art Nouveau Wall Light Re-Edition
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
From the billard-room at the Purkersdorf Sanatorium in Vienna Most components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we will UL-list and label our fixtures.
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Crystal, Brass

Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstätte Hammered Brass Wall Light Woka Lamps
By Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Hammered brass, optionally varnished or nickel-plated, all other finishes on request. Originally manufactured at the Wiener Werkstaette, now manufactured at the WOKA workshop in Vie...
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2010s Austrian Art Nouveau Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstätte Wall or Ceiling Light, Re-Edition
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Puristic design from the early stages of the Wiener Werkstaette, Measures: Diameter 25 cm. This lamp is also available in diameter 35cm and 50cm. All components according to the...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werstaette Wall Lamp Vienna Secession Jugendstil Re-Edit
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
The famous "Fledermaus Cabaret" in Vienna was build by many members of the Wiener Werkstaette by the time when working on the Stoclet Palais project Most components according to t...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte Jugendstil Wall Lamp, Re-Edition
By Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
In addition to the magnificent Palme chandelier Solid brass, centrifugal casting in rubber-mould, crystal-glass. Most components according to the UL regulations, with an addition...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Crystal, Brass

Josef Hoffmann WW Sconces Wall Lamp Re Edition
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Very Elaborate Hand chased sconces, designed by Josef Hoffmann and originally manufactured at the historical Wiener Werkstaette. A longer Version was made for the Cafe Sabarsky at th...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Original Wiener Werkstaette, Hallmarked, Josef Hoffmann Brass Wall Lamp
By Woka Lamps, Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare wall lamp with a beautiful natural patina. Brass with marks: Rosenmarke and "Wiener Werkstätte," designer monogram "JH" Josef Hoffmann Literature: Compare Wandlampe for Lan...
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Early 1900s Austrian Jugendstil Antique Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstaette Jugendstil Wall Lamp/Flush Mount, Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Early 20th century (1903), from the sewing room (Damensalon) at the first floor of the Purkersdorf Sanatorium; Remarkable the three combined squares, also used as prominent mark at t...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann&Wiener Werkstatte Ceiling Lamp Villa Gallia Primavesi, Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Very elaborate wall or ceiling lamp, designed for the Villa Gallia - Skywa - Primavesi, one of the last big houses, which is to consider the peak of Austr...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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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 Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Outdoor/Indoor Luminaire Josef Hoffmann Jugendstil Wall Lamp, Re Edition
By Woka Lamps, Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Outdoor luminaire from Josef Hoffmann 1904 for the Sanatorium Purkersdorf. Most components according to the UL regulations, with an additional c...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Brass Wall or Ceiling Lamp by Josef Hoffmann Jugendstil Design, Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Wall or ceiling light with mirror back side, pictured in nickel Most components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we will UL-list and label our fixtures N...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

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 Sanatorium Purkersdorf...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Josef Hoffmann Stoclet Wall Sconces by Woka Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Most components according to the UL regulations, with an additional charge we will UL-list and label our fixtures.
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Crystal, Brass

Josef Hoffmann for the Wiener Werkstätte Wall Light, Lantern, Re Edition
By Woka Lamps, Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
This is a great lamp from Josef Hoffmann most important building - the Purkersdorf Sanatorium. The reading room at the first floor - on the original i...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Crystal, Brass

Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstaette Crystal Wall Light, Re-Edition
By Woka Lamps, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass lamp, optionally varnished or nickel-plated, all other surfaces on request, glass beads, fire polished All components according to the UL regulations, with an additional cha...
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2010s Austrian Jugendstil Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Original Wiener Werkstaette, Hallmarked, Josef Hoffmann Brass Wall Lamp
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare wall lamp with a beautiful natural patina. Brass with marks: Rosenmarke and "Wiener Werkstätte," designer monogram "JH" Josef Hoffmann Literature: Compare Wandlampe for Lan...
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Early 1900s Austrian Jugendstil Antique Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

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Josef Hoffmann wall lights and sconces for sale on 1stDibs.

Josef Hoffmann wall lights and sconces are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Josef Hoffmann wall lights and sconces, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 2 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 23 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original wall lights and sconces by Josef Hoffmann were created in the Art Nouveau style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider wall lights and sconces by Wiener Werkstätte, Otto Wagner, and Adolf Loos. Prices for Josef Hoffmann wall lights and sconces can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,068 and can go as high as $23,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,670.
Questions About Josef Hoffmann Wall Lights and Sconces
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 7, 2024
    Josef Hoffmann invented the Sitzmaschine, an adjustable lounge chair that the Austrian designer unveiled in 1905. Literally called a “machine for sitting,” it was originally created for a sanatorium in Purkersdorf, near Vienna. It has a curving frame with square and rectangular back and side rests. Like so many other designs by Hoffmann, this piece reflects a forward-thinking appreciation for the union of different sources, here the Arts and Crafts movement and modern design. Find a collection of Josef Hoffmann furniture and decorative objects on 1stDibs.

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