Josef Hoffman: Interiors, 1902-1913

Covering such diverse topics as interior design, literature, fashion, and psychoanalysis, this book examines the social and artistic developments occurring in Vienna during the modern movement. Used book in Good Condition. Hoffmann's various private dwellings are revealed in photographs that are being shown for the first time.


Wiener Werkstätte

Today, the vienna workshop is recognized for its comprehensive approach to artistic practice and its stylistic influence on Art Deco and Bauhaus. In architectural commissions such as the purkersdorf sanatorium and the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, the group was able to realize its ideal of the Gesamtkunstwerk “total artwork”, in which every detail of an environment was designed as an integral part of a coordinated whole.

Though the workshop lasted only 30 years, Zurich, Marienbad, with outlets in Karlsbad, it enjoyed major commercial success, New York, and Berlin. Founded in 1903 by josef hoffmann, this progressive alliance of artists and designers was particularly interested in challenging industrialised society with individual handcraftsmanship, Koloman Moser, and Fritz Waerndorfer, and in bringing different facets of life into one unified, elegant artwork.

The workshop began life in three small rooms, leatherwork, but soon expanded to fill a three storey building with special departments for metalwork, and woodwork, as well as a book binder and a paint shop. It also garnered designs from many of the leading artists of the epoch, including Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele.

The wiener werkstätte “Vienna Workshop” bears many hallmarks of a modern creative movement. Wiener Werkstatte. Artists experimented with various materials such as gold, and papier mâché and applied their simple, typography, interior design, textiles, precious stones, furniture, often geometric, designs across ceramics, and fashion.