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 Hoffman Prague 811 Armchairs by Stendig

By Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffman Prague 811 Armchairs by Stendig
Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1920s Czech Bauhaus Armchairs
Nylon, Birch
Josef Hoffman Prague 811 chairs by Stendig from the 1960s with hand tied nylon "caning" all original and in excellent condition. Chairs have both Stendig paper label and made in Czechos...
N. 811 Armchair by Josef Hoffmann & GTV

By Gebruder Thonet, Josef Hoffmann
N. 811 Armchair by Josef Hoffmann & GTV
Gebruder Thonet, Josef Hoffmann
21st Century and Contemporary Austrian 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 versio...
Josef Hoffmann Parlor Set for J and J Kohn

By Jacob and Josef Kohn, Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann Parlor Set for J and J Kohn
Jacob and Josef Kohn, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1910s Austrian Vienna Secession Armchairs
Early example of the model 728. Beech bentwood retains its original finish. Early "JJ Kohn" paper label to each, dates these to pre-1912. Original leather seats with beautiful brass squ...
Pair of Haus Koller Collection Armchairs by Josef Hoffman

By Josef Hoffmann
Pair of Haus Koller Collection Armchairs by Josef ...
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 latter p...
Set of Four Josef Hoffmann Armchair, for Thonet, circa 1930

By Josef Hoffmann
Set of Four Josef Hoffmann Armchair, for Thonet, c...
Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1920s Austrian Art Deco Armchairs
The N°811 in the 1930 Thonet's catalog is made of solid bentwood beech. Designed in 1925 by Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956), this model preserved a resolutely modern design. This series is ...
Pair of Josef Hoffmann Armchairs, Model 421

By Josef Hoffmann
Pair of Josef Hoffmann 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.
Four Vienna Secession Josef Hoffmann Armchairs, circa 1905
Four Vienna Secession Josef Hoffmann Armchairs, ci...
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 Club Chair Model Palais Stoclet

By Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann Club Chair Model Palais Stoclet
Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs
Leather, Beech
Club chair model Palais Stoclet by Josef Hoffmann in a light grey nubuck leather. Designed 1905 and produced by Wittmann, Austria. Solid beech body, spring core upholstery and grey nubu...
Josef Hoffmann No 811 Bentwood Cane Chair by Thonet, Set of Four

By Thonet, Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann No 811 Bentwood Cane Chair by Thone...
Thonet, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1920s American Art Deco Armchairs
Cane, Beech
Set of four, Thonet number 811 bentwood cane chair with bent beechwood frame and handwoven cane seat attributed to Josef Hoffmann.
Josef Hoffmann 1908 Armchair, Original

By Jacob and Josef Kohn, Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann 1908 Armchair, Original
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 Bu...
Kubus Armchair Lounge Chair by Josef Hoffmann Wittmann

By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Kubus Armchair Lounge Chair by Josef Hoffmann Witt...
Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1910s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Leather
Kubus armchair lounge chair by Josef Hoffmann Wittmann With identification of the manufacturer. Leather black. A Classic example of Hoffmann’s strict geometrical lines and the quadrat...
Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann Art Nouveau Armchair

By Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann
Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann Art Nouveau Armch...
Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs
Beech, Plywood
Koloman Moser (1868-1918) and Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956). Bent and polished beech and plywood, dyed to rosewood, brass inlays, renewed upholstery. Measures: Height 70 cm (27.5 in.), w...
Josef Hoffmann, Bentwood and Cane No. 811 Chairs, Set of Four, 1960s

By Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann, Bentwood and Cane No. 811 Chairs, ...
Thonet, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1960s Romanian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Cane, Bentwood
This set of four beautiful chairs was designed by Josef Hoffmann and produced in Romania, circa 1960s. They feature a bentwood frame and a cane seat and back. They remain in a good v...
Josef Hoffmann Armchair Kohn 421 Vienna Mahogany S...
Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs
Leather, Beech
Jacob & Josef Kohn armchair (model 421) Design: Josef Hoffmann Made in Vienna / Austria, Art Nouveau Period. beechwood massive mahogany stained seat and backrest are covered wit...
Josef Hoffmann Armchair Kohn 421 Vienna Black Stai...
Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs
Leather, Beech
Jacob & Josef Kohn armchair(Model 421) Design: Josef Hoffmann Made in Vienna / Austria, Art Nouveau period. beechwood massive black stained seat and backrest are covered with cre...
Josef Hoffman Chair by J&J Kohn

By J & J Kohn & Mundus, Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffman Chair by J&J Kohn
J & J Kohn & Mundus, Josef Hoffmann
Vintage 1910s Austrian Jugendstil Armchairs
Alabaster, Beech
This chair was used by Fritz Nagl for the interior at the Wiener Ärzteklub (Vienna Doktors Club) in 1913, and therefore mistakenly attributed to Nagl. It is in fact a design by Josef Ho...
Early 1900 'Buenos Aires' Suite by Josef Hoffmann / J&J Kohn Model No. 675
Early 1900 'Buenos Aires' Suite by Josef Hoffmann ...
Josef Hoffmann
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Vienna Secession Armchairs
Leather, Birch
A wonderful Vienna secession 'Buenos Aires' suite designed by Josef Hoffmann, Vienna in 1907. Manufactured by: J. & J. Kohn, model no. 675. Bent birchwood. Consists of two armchairs an...
Josef Hoffmann and Wiener Werkstaette Chair for the Purkersdorf Sanatorium

By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann and Wiener Werkstaette Chair for th...
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Armchairs
Upholstery
From the waiting area and from the doctor's rooms of the most important building of that time, which paved the way for the "Modern." Expertise, see excerpts from a catalogue of an aucti...
Pair of Sitzmaschine Chairs by Josef Hoffmann

By Josef Hoffmann
Pair of Sitzmaschine Chairs by Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Armchairs
Walnut
Beautiful walnut chairs designed by Austrian architect-designer Josef Hoffmann. Celebrated by his contemporaries for his artistic fusion of decorative and structural elements in furnit...
Hoffmann Josef, Curved Beech Armchair, circa 1900

By Josef Hoffmann
Hoffmann Josef, Curved Beech Armchair, circa 1900
Josef Hoffmann
Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Armchairs
Beech
Hoffmann Josef, curved beech armchair, circa 1900. Base and back covered with black leather.
"Sitzmaschine" Von Josef Hoffmann, 1908

By Josef Hoffmann
"Sitzmaschine" Von Josef Hoffmann, 1908
Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Armchairs
This rare original "Sitzmaschine" ("machine for sitting") from 1908 was produced by Jacob & Josef Kohn. It has never been revarnished or retouched and is museum quality. This Hoffmann M...
Pair of Josef Hoffmann Armchairs

By Josef Hoffmann
Pair of Josef Hoffmann Armchairs
Josef Hoffmann
Antique Early 1900s Austrian Armchairs
Fabric, Wood
Pair of Josef Hoffmann armchairs. Chairs have been refinished and reupholstered to keep the integrity of the chair.
Armchair by Josef Hoffmann for Jacob and Josef Kohn, Vienna

By Jacob and Josef Kohn, Josef Hoffmann
Armchair by Josef Hoffmann for Jacob and Josef Koh...
Jacob and Josef Kohn, Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Armchairs
Beech, Bentwood
Kohn catalog no 423 on the 1st picture chair which is already sold. The chair is still in original condition (pic.2,3) so you have the possibility to choose the color of the wood and...
Pair of Rare Armchairs by Josef Hoffmann

By J & J Kohn & Mundus, Josef Hoffmann
Pair of Rare Armchairs by Josef Hoffmann
J & J Kohn & Mundus, Josef Hoffmann
Early 20th Century Polish Vienna Secession Armchairs
Beech, Bentwood
Rare armchair designed by Josef Hoffmann. Made in the Kohn Bros. factory Mazovia established in Novo-Radomsk, Russia (now Radomsko, Poland) 1884. The chairs are still in original condi...
Outstanding Set of 4 Josef Hoffmann Chairs

By Josef Hoffmann
Outstanding Set of 4 Josef Hoffmann Chairs
Josef Hoffmann
20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Armchairs
Leather, Wood
Outstanding set of 4 Josef Franz Maria Hoffman chairs.