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Wiener Werkstätte Cabinets

Austrian

Born from the Vienna Secession art movement in Austria during the early 20th century, the Wiener Werkstätte helped to cement Art Nouveau style and culture in Viennese art. Wiener Werkstätte furniture included armchairs, cabinets and table lamps, with production extending to other crafts such as ceramics, jewelry and fashion. The Werkstätte also boasted a large graphic arts department, which created nearly 1,000 unique postcards during the organization’s run.

Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann, painter Koloman Moser and industrialist Fritz Waerndorfer established the collective in opposition to the dominant trends in Viennese art. The artistic community was then largely directed by the Association of Austrian Artists, which had firm control over the creation and distribution of Austrian art. The collective’s style pushed back against traditional artistic preferences, instead favoring clear, bold lines and often-exaggerated, vibrant colors.

Employing over 100 people, including several master craftsmen, the Werkstätte formed relationships and alliances with a number of firms and stores, which sold and commissioned new work from the workshop.

As the Wiener Werkstätte’s mission aligned with emerging British sensibilities regarding art, many British artists worked closely with the collective. Some major Austrian artists collaborated with the collective, without officially joining, such as painter Gustav Klimt

The Werkstätte’s artistic range was extensive and eclectic, with the organization producing a wide variety of furniture. In 1932, the global economic collapse forced it to shut down. With the outbreak of WWII soon to follow, the Wiener Werkstätte never reopened. Its legacy lived on, however, in the numerous artists and craftspeople who carried forward its commitment to progressive cultural and creative endeavors.

On 1stDibs, find antique Wiener Werkstätte lighting, seating and storage pieces.

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Creator: Wiener Werkstätte
Original Josef Hoffmann & Wiener Werkstätte Cabinet for Mimi Marlow 20th Century
By Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte
Located in Vienna, AT
For the private saloon of the then famous soubrette Mimi Marlow, who was also performing in the legendary "Fledermaus Cabaret," which was designed by Josef Hoffmann and executed by t...
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1910s Austrian Jugendstil Vintage Wiener Werkstätte Cabinets

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Unique Low Cabinet with Intarsia by Viktor Lurje for Wiener Werkstätte c. 1926
By Wiener Werkstätte, Viktor Lurje
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Unique low cabinet with intarsia designed by the architect, artist and craftsman Viktor Lurje (1883-1944) and manufactured by Wiener Werkstätte GmbH, circ...
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1920s Austrian Vienna Secession Vintage Wiener Werkstätte Cabinets

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Wiener Werkstätte cabinets for sale on 1stDibs.

Wiener Werkstätte cabinets are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Wiener Werkstätte cabinets, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original cabinets by Wiener Werkstätte were created in the Art Nouveau style in europe during the early 20th century. Prices for Wiener Werkstätte cabinets can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $32,253 and can go as high as $53,258, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $42,756.

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