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Josef Hoffmann Sofas

Austrian, 1764-1812
Austrian, 1764-1812

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
Wittmann Allegasse Sofa Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Located in New York, NY
Design: Josef Hoffmann This upholstered suite was designed in 1912 for Dr. Hugo Koller’s music room as part of the furnishings at his Vienna apartment in Alleegasse (now Argentinier...
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2010s Austrian Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Fabric, Leather

Original Josef Hoffmann & J. & J. Kohn Bench Vienna Secession, 1901
By Jacob & Josef Kohn, Josef Hoffmann, Woka Lamps
Located in Vienna, AT
A very rare and early bench, obviously the role model for the famous Barrel chair #720 which was presented four years later, in 1905.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Bentwood, Plywood

Wittmann Club 1910 Leather Lounge Chair Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Josef Hoffmann, Wittmann
Located in New York, NY
This 1910 design is testimony to the diversity of Josef Hoffmann’s work. Wittmann has created a matching sofa.
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2010s Austrian Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Leather, Fabric

Rare Beige, Wittmann Kubus Leather Sofa Designed by Josef Hoffman
By Josef Hoffmann, Wittmann
Located in Arles, FR
A classic example of Josef Hoffmann’s strict geometrical lines and the quadratic theme in his work is this Kubus sofa. Originally designed in 1910 and handcrafted to perfection. T...
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20th Century Austrian Modern Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Leather

Wittmann Kubus Leather Sofa Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Josef Hoffmann, Wittmann
Located in New York, NY
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 has creat...
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2010s Austrian Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Leather

Wittmann Kubus Leather Sofa Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Josef Hoffmann, Wittmann
Located in New York, NY
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.
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2010s Austrian Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Leather

Josef Hoffmann Black Leather Kubus Sofa for Wittmann
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Dallas, TX
Great geometric sofa designed by Josef Hoffmann, manufactured by Wittmann, Austria, circa 1999. The sofa was designed in 1910 and later Wittmann took it into production. This sofa is...
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1910s Austrian Modern Vintage Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Leather

Wittmann Villa Gallia Sofa Chair Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Josef Hoffmann, Wittmann
Located in New York, NY
This suite was created in 1913 for the Gallia family’s apartment in Wohllebengasse, Vienna.
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2010s Austrian Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Fabric

Wittmann Palais Stoclet Vintage Cognac Leather Sofa by Josef Hoffmann
By Josef Hoffmann, Wittmann
Located in Munich, Bavaria
From Austrian designer Josef Hoffmann comes this great Palais Stoclet sofa. Design year between 1905-1911 through the time of Art Nouveau and Vienna Secession for the mansion Palais...
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Early 1900s Austrian Vienna Secession Antique Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Chrome

Wittmann Palais Stoclet Vintage Cognac Leather Sofa by Josef Hoffmann
By Josef Hoffmann, Wittmann
Located in Munich, Bavaria
From Austrian designer Josef Hoffmann comes this great Palais Stoclet Sofa. Design year between 1905-1911 through the time of Art Nouveau and Vienna Secession for the mansion Palais...
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Early 1900s Austrian Vienna Secession Antique Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Chrome

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Wittmann Haus Koller Sofa Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Located in New York, NY
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H 36.23 in. W 62.21 in. D 32.29 in.
Wittmann Haus Koller Sofa 200 Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Located in New York, NY
These upholstered items were created during the alterations to Koller’s house in Oberwaltersdorf carried out between 1912-1914. Wittmann has created sofas to match this design.
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2010s Austrian Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Leather, Fabric

Wittmann Fledermaus Chair Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Josef Hoffmann, Wittmann
Located in New York, NY
Specially designed in 1907 for the Fledermaus cabaret in Vienna, this suite still stands for exceptional bentwood craft. The runners and the wooden spheres on the joints are typical ...
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H 29.14 in. W 20.87 in. D 18.12 in.
Wittmann Leather Kubus Armchair Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Josef Hoffmann, Wittmann
Located in New York, NY
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2010s Austrian Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Leather

Wittmann Satztische Nesting Tables Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Located in New York, NY
Josef Hoffmann designed this simple four-part nest of tables at the turn of the century. * Ash black stained.
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Black Leather Kubus Sofa by Josef Hoffman for Wittmann
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Dronten, NL
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Wittmann Kubus Leather Armchair Set Black 2 Armchair
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Cologne, DE
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  • Wittmann Kubus Leather Armchair Set Black 2 Armchair
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H 29.14 in. W 37.01 in. L 29.14 in.
Leather Sofa by Austrian Designer Josef Hoffmann
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Stamford, CT
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Located in Dallas, TX
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Viennese Secession Sofa J&J Kohn Nr.975, circa 1915, Josef Hoffmann
By Josef Hoffmann, Jacob & Josef Kohn
Located in Praha, CZ
Manufactured in company Jacob & Josef Kohn. Newly restored. Easier version of Nr.720 designed by Josef Hoffmann. Used textiles also design by Josef Hoffmann. In the production progra...
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Pair of Cognac Suede Club Chairs, Palais Stoclet, Josef Hoffmann
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Antwerp, BE
Pair of cognac suede club chairs, Palais Stoclet Josef Hoffmann for Wittmann. Designed in circa 1910. Measures: L 90 x H 80 x D 85.
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Josef Hoffmann Kubus Sofa, Wittmann Austria Design, 1910, Bauhaus Leather
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Munster, NRW
1x Kubus sofas, designed in 1910 by Josef Hoffmann. Edition by Wittmann/Austria. Excellent condition in black leather!
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1910s Austrian Jugendstil Vintage Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Josef Hoffmann Kubus Sofa, Wittmann Austria Design, 1910, Bauhaus Leather
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Munster, NRW
Group of 3 Kubus Sofas - designes in 1910 by Josef Hoffmann - Edition by Wittmann / Austria.... excellent condition in black leather!
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Leather

Josef Hoffmann Kubus Sofa, Wittmann Austria Design Bauhaus Leather Jugendstil
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Munster, NRW
1x Kubus sofas, designed in 1910 by Josef Hoffmann. Edition by Wittmann/Austria. Excellent condition in black leather!
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Wittmann Palais Stoclet Vintage Living Room 2 Sofa & 4 Armchairs, Set of 6
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Munich, Bavaria
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Josef Hoffmann sofas for sale on 1stDibs

The sofas by Josef Hoffmann are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of Leather and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Josef Hoffmann sofa collection, there are many options to choose from, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock, we have 4 vintage editions of these items, while there are 5 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Josef Hoffmann's original sofas were created in modern style in Europe during the 21st Century and Contemporary style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider sofas by and . Prices for Josef Hoffmann sofas can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $5,928 and tops out at $21,152, while pieces like these can sell for $9,500 on average.

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