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Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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
Sofa by Josef Hoffman for J & J Kohn, Vienna, Austria, 1900s
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Brussels, BE
Sofa by Josef Hoffman for J & J Kohn, Vienna, Austria, 1900s
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Original Josef Hoffmann & J. & J. Kohn Bench Vienna Secession, 1901
By Josef Hoffmann, Jacob & Josef Kohn, 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

Salon Set by Josef Hoffmann, 1910s, Excellent Condition
By Josef Hoffmann
Located in Praha, CZ
Art nouveau sofa set Thonet, J/J Kohn, upholstered in genuine leather, designed by architect Josef Hoffmann for the Fledermaus cabaret in Vienna, Austria, completely restored, newly ...
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1910s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Leather, Bentwood

Mid-Century Modern Black Leather Kubus Sofa by Josef Hoffmann, Wittmann c.1980
By Josef Hoffmann, Wittmann
Located in Renens, CH
The iconic Kubus sofa has been designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1910 and produced by Wittmann, Austria around 1980. The shape of the cube is the central element of this emblematic s...
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1980s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Leather, Wood

Josef Hoffmann Kubus Sofa, Ca.1980
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
Located in Meulebeke, BE
Black leather Kubus sofa model ''8020'' designed by Josef Hoffmann for Wittmann. This Kubus sofa is designed in 1910 for the Buenos Aires exhibition to ce...
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1980s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Leather, Wood

Customizable Wittmann Villa Gallia Sofa Chair Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
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

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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Late 20th Century Austrian Modern Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Leather

Customizable Wittmann Club 1910 Leather Lounge Chair Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
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

Customizable Wittmann Kubus Leather Sofa Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
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 ...
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2010s Austrian Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Leather

Customizable 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 apartme...
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2010s Austrian Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Fabric, Leather

Customizable Wittmann Kubus Leather Sofa Designed by Josef Hoffmann
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
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 ...
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2010s Austrian Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Leather

Wittmann Palais Stoclet Vintage Cognac Leather Sofa by Josef Hoffmann
By Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
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 Se...
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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 Wittmann, Josef Hoffmann
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 Se...
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Early 1900s Austrian Vienna Secession Antique Josef Hoffmann Sofas

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Chrome

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Josef Hoffmann sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Josef Hoffmann sofas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of leather and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Josef Hoffmann sofas, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 10 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 5 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original sofas by Josef Hoffmann were created in the Art Nouveau style in europe during the 20th century. Prices for Josef Hoffmann sofas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $6,893 and can go as high as $25,114, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $9,708.
Questions About Josef Hoffmann Sofas
  • 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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