Hoffmann, Josef (Austrian, 1870-1956)
Vienna Secessionist Oval Side Table
Stamped on underside ‘J & J Kohn / H’
28in h x 23.5in w x 18.5in d
• An Important Main Line, PA Collection
A pioneer in early twentieth century modern architecture and design, Viennese architect Josef Hoffmann was founding member of Vienna Secession and co-creator of the Wiener Werkstädtte cooperative workshop. Hoffman and other luminaries such as Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, and Otto Wagner rejected traditional design styles of the past, instead embraced the simplified, geometric forms of the new industrial age.
Hoffmann developed a “cubist” language to his architecture and furniture designs with emphasis on straight, unadorned lines and elongated forms that emphasized structure. Renowned for simple restrained furniture, the present side table highlights his early style with its graceful curved oval top, thin, elongated legs, and ball decoration- a motif that can also be seen in his other chair and table designs for Fledermaus cabaret in Vienna, Austria.