Sunday, 7 March 2010

A special find

Brooch by Josef Hoffman, 1910

Cigarette case by Josef Hoffman, 1910


Wiener Werkstätte

Vienna Workshops: Cooperative enterprise for crafts and design founded in Vienna in 1903. Inspired by William Morris
and the English Arts and Crafts movement, it was founded by Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffman with the goal of restoring the values of handcraftsmanship to an industrial society in which such crafts were dying. Its members had close ties to the artists of the Vienna Sezession and the Art Nouveau movement. The Wiener Werkstätte's work in jewelry, furnishings, interior design, fashion, and other areas, which often celebrated the beauty of geometry, became widely known for elegance and innovation, and this “square style” influenced the work of the Bauhaus craftsmen in the 1920s as well as the work of Frank Lloyd Wright

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