Hoffmann Bronzit Series


This glass tableware collection was designed over a century ago as part of a collaboration between Lobmeyr and Josef Hoffmann, an architect. In effect the company’s debut in 20th Century modernity, the BRONZIT SERIES B pieces now display in museums worldwide. The acid matted glass with columned vertical and horizontal hand-painted black lines constitutes a sophisticated and iconic tableware choice for any dining room.

Josef Hoffmann

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Acid Matted Glass with Black Lines
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Josef Hoffmann

Josef Hoffmann

Josef Hoffmann, born in 1870, studied architecture under Carl von Hasenquer and Otto Wagner at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 1899, at the age of 29, he became a professor at what is now the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In 1903 he and Kolo Moser established the Wiener Werkstätte. His first important building, the sanatorium in Purkersdorf, near Vienna, built in 1904, set radical new standards in architecture and interior design. But it was the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, built between 1905 and 1911, that founded his international reputation. Here, Josef Hoffmann succeeded in perfection the Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art), reconciling art and life, and aestheticizing all aspects of design.

Josef Hoffmann's formal language is primarily characterized by strict geometrical lines, a search for simplicity, and the typical reduction to black and white. He overcame the duality of tradition and modernity and created works that are valid to this day. This timeless quality remains an inspiration and defining influence for the Wittmann Workshops. Josef Hoffmann died in Vienna in 1956. Franz Wittmann Möbelwerkstätten have been given sole authorization by Josef Hoffmann according to his original designs.

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