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Josef Hoffmann

Josef Hoffmann was an Austrian architect and designer born in Brtnice, Moravia (now Czech Republic) in 1870. A pupil of Otto Wagner, Hoffmann became a founding member of the Vienna Secession in 1897 and a professor at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule in 1899 before establishing the Wiener Werkst.tte together with his artist colleague Koloman Moser and the industrialist Fritz W.rndorfer in 1903. Early on, his interests developed toward decoration and the secessionist ideal of the Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art); as a modern Raumkünstler (interior artist), he was one of the most versatile and intriguing Austrian artistic personalities of the twentieth century’s first half, playing a decisive role in the creation of modern design culture. Over the course of his career, Hoffmann pursued activities in the most varied fields of architecture, interior and exhibition design, as well as the applied arts

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