Luxury Design, Past & Present
Around 1920 Josef Hoffmann designed some important objects that are still ground-breaking for design objects in Europe today. Objects such as these two centerpieces also originate from Hoffmann's intensive creative period of that time. After the First World War, brass was increasingly used because of its polished gold look, and many designs were executed in this material.
Interesting about our two centrepieces is the difference in marking. One was provided with the Josef Hoffmann mark, the other one with the mark of his pupil Philipp Häusler, at that time an employee and designer for the Wiener Werkstätte. He was responsible for several works in the field of metal, lighting fixtures and ceramics and was highly praised by his teacher. Our bowls are worked in a very high quality, the folding and the driving work are artistic and show the virtues of the brass impressively to advantage.
Bib.: Archive of the WW in the Museum of applied Arts in Vienna, model number “M ja 1 – M 3676”, inv. nr. WWKA 602