Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956)

Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956)

Born in Moravia, Hoffmann began studying architecture in Vienna with Otto Wagner and Carl Von Hasenauer , whose rationalist theories were to exercise a decisive influence on him. Graduated in 1895, he became a founding member of the art group Siebener Club (the club of seven). In 1897, he joined the Otto Wagner architecture firm and will be the co-founder of the Vienna Secession, a group of reformists architects and artists  formed in reaction to Art Nouveau, the dominant style at that time.Influenced by the Art and Craft English, Hoffmann and Koloman Moser created the Wiener Werkstatte in 1903, costudio where exercised Dagobert Peche, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Prutscher and many others.

Hoffmann is a vanguard architect that will influence Robert Mallet-Stevens. Ruhlmann and Paul Poiret .

Notorious works :


-1905–1911 Palais Stoclet in Brussels, Belgium


-Kabarett Fledermaus, Vienna


-1905 Sitzmaschine Armchair

-1907 Fledermaus Chair