Set of two chairs and coffee table designed by Josef Hoffmann, circa 1905 for Cabaret Fledermaus in Viena.
Manufactured by Wittmann (Austria), circa 1960.
Lacquered wood and upholstery.
Presrving manufaturer label to the underside.
In great original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.
Joseph Hoffmann: Architect and Designer 1870-1956, Meyer, pg. 33 illustrates related forms
About Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffman’s oeuvre embodies the seismic aesthetic and philosophical shifts that defined avant-garde art and design at the turn of the 19th century. He was a founding member of the Vienna Secession, an organization of artists and designers who sought to breakaway from rigid historical precedents, and later, the Wiener Werkstätte, a workshop dedicated to the production of craftwork of everyday objects including ceramics, textiles, and furniture. Hoffman was integral to defining Western applied arts during this period. The Stoclet Palace (1905–11), Hoffman’s masterpiece, embodies the artistic tension of this era and reveals the architect’s prescience; the mansion’s decorative details recall the fluid stylization of Art Nouveau, while the stark exterior walls—sheets of white marble edged in gilded metal—anticipate the austere planes and strict geometry of the International Style.
Austrian, 1870-1956, Brtnice, Czech Republic, based in Vienna, Austria