If you have an appreciation for exceptionally beautiful glass vases crafted by acknowledged masters, chances are you’ve encountered the works of Josef Hoffmann.
Hoffmann, a prominent Austrian architect and designer, played a pivotal role in shaping modern art and design in the early 20th century. A member of the Vienna Secession and the founder of the Werkstätte movement, he significantly contributed to the development of the “Wiener Werkstätte” style.
The polymath created furniture, interior elements, tableware, and, notably, vases. His contemporary vase designs were renowned for their refinement, minimalism, and harmonious forms, encapsulating the principles of the Wiener Werkstätte style that emphasized quality materials, craftsmanship, and meticulous attention to detail.
It’s worth noting that Hoffmann worked across various materials, including metal, glass, and ceramics. His glass vases were characterized by simple yet elegant forms, clean lines, and innovative use of the material. Collaborations with master glassblowers such as Loetz and Moser resulted in exclusive glass pieces.
Original vases by Josef Hoffmann have become sought-after collectibles, representing significant historical artifacts within the context of Viennese Art Deco and Art Nouveau development.
Symmetry: Josef Hoffmann’s Glass Vases in Art Deco Style
Standing at 40 cm, this hand-carved vase captivates with its impeccable cut. The simplicity and conciseness of its form become apparent in the shadows, but directing light onto it reveals an unimaginable interplay of exquisite colors and a dazzling scattering of sparks.
While not immediately evident, this piece signifies one of the most challenging designs to execute in glass.
Art Deco Faceted Glass Vase by Josef Hoffmann
Crafted from thick faceted crystal in a beautiful emerald hue, this vintage art glass vase boasts a refined form with a beveled neck. A striking accent for any interior, it eloquently showcases the owner’s refined taste.
Loetz Vase by Josef Hoffmann
Commissioned by ÖMKI for their winter exhibition in 1911, this vase underwent a technically sophisticated production process. The colorless glass body was first coated with opal and then layered with ruby red glass. Throughout multiple stages, the ruby red coating was etched away with acid, a meticulous process that makes depicting straight lines and geometric patterns particularly challenging.
These masterfully designed vases by Josef Hoffmann grace both private and museum collections. If you’re in search of unique, authorial glassware, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Interior Hype online shop catalog.