Pirnitz, Moravia, Austria 1870 – 1956
Materials & Technique: glass, vases, cased milk glass: acid-etched and painted
The architect and designer Josef Hoffmann was a founding member of the Vienna Secession, the progressive Austrian design and art movement that defined the country’s material culture and built environment from 1897 to the 1920s. Hoffman’s architecture, furniture and applied arts work is characterised by his reductive geometric forms and refined use of a wide variety of materials. He drew upon the region’s Bohemian glassmaking traditions of casing, faceting and engraving to produce bold and simple designs that reflected his graphic imagery of nature in a form that interacted with light.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design