Josef Hoffmann ‘palais’ sofa for Wittmann
The ‘palais stoclet’ sofa and fauteiuilswere designed between 1905–1911 for the hall of what is probably Josef Hoffmann’s most celebrated “total artwork”, the Palais Stoclet in Brussels. That is also why the sofa for example is know as the palais stoclet sofa.
A timeless design of more than a century and the Palais Stoclet sofa is still in production!
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 design 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.
This three seat palais stoclet sofa is in good condition consistent with age and use.