Brass bowls Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna, Austria

Brass bowls Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna, Austria


Brass bowls by Josef Hoffman for Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna, Austria. Made in 1911 - 107 years of history. These bowls are a unique opportunity to acquire an incredible rare piece of Design History. What is so unique with these bowls is the fact that they are identified and rare even from the production of Wiener Werkstätte.

H: 3 cm D: 15 cm

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Wiener Werkstätte (Werkstatte) logo

Wiener Werkstätte (Werkstatte) logo

About Wiener Werkstätte - the company that started in the Viennese Secession movement in the heels of the Jugend Era

The declared objective of the "Wiener Werkstätte" (1903-1932) was to penetrate everyday life with artistic and aesthetic high-quality products. Its trendsetting designs left a lasting mark on design history.

The architect Josef Hoffmann, the graphic designer and painter Koloman Moser and the Viennese industrialist Fritz Waerndorfer founded the "Wiener Werkstätte" as patrons in 1903, modeling it on the English and Scottish Arts and Crafts movement. The production community of visual artists was a typical child of the turn of the last century, when Modernism had its beginnings. Historicism and its countless style imitations was countered by the simple, the appropriate and the elegant.

Gesamtkunstwerk or total work of art

The idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, was central to Wiener Werkstätte. Its founding members, Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser, saw design as the unification of art and crafts in everyday life. The concept of art was to be renewed on the basis of arts and crafts and manual solidity. In line with this principle, the "Wiener Werkstätte" manufactured high-quality products with the aim of refining all areas of everyday requirements: Furniture, interiors, porcelain, glass, jewelry and fashion.

The production site of the interdisciplinary "Wiener Werkstätte" was located in the 7th district at Neustiftgasse 32-34. At the height of its success, sales outlets could be found not only in Vienna but also in New York, Berlin and Zürich. The Sanatorium Purkersdorf near Vienna and Stoclet Palace in Brussels, both of which were designed by Josef Hoffmann, were furnished exclusively by the Wiener Werkstätte. And yet the company had to battle permanently with financial problems during the almost 30 years of its existence (1903-1932). The global economic crisis finally also impoverished the most important group of buyers, the Viennese middle classes. The request for compensation of 1926 was followed by the final winding up of the "Wiener Werkstätte" in 1932.

Josef Hoffmann - life and career

Iconic desginer and architech Josef Hoffmann in 1903 Archives of the Weiner Werkstätte MAK -- Austrian Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna

Iconic desginer and architech Josef Hoffmann in 1903
Archives of the Weiner Werkstätte
MAK -- Austrian Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna

Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) was one of the premier Viennese proponents of the Gesamtkunstwerk, or "total work of art." A gifted and prolific designer of architecture, furniture, utensils, clothing, bookbindings, posters, textiles, and wallpaper, Hoffmann was convinced of the social and spiritual benefits of harmonious living environments designed by a single creative mind.

Hoffmann was greatly influenced by John Ruskin, William Morris, Charles Robert Ashbee, and Otto Wagner, all of whom were dedicated to elevating the status of craft to that of fine art, and Hoffmann incorporated their teachings into the curriculum at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School for Arts and Crafts), where he was appointed professor at the age of twenty-nine.

Hoffmann founded the Wiener Werkstätte in 1903 with fellow Vienna Secession member Koloman Moser. The Weiner Werkstätte aimed both to revive high standards of craftsmanship and to interest the broad public in cultivated and original design. Around 1900 Hoffmann developed his geometrically refined signature style, elegant and perfectly unified, that he incorporated in designs for silver, furniture, carpets, linens, and lamps in addition to architectural details. His aptitude for creating beautiful and timeless forms ensured that he enjoyed a career in building design and decoration, both in Europe and the United States, that lasted well into the 1950s.