Josef Hoffmann Nesting Tables, Set of 4
The Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann was a central figure in the evolution of modern design, and a leader in an aesthetic movement born in Europe in the late 19th century that rejected florid, extravagant ornamentation in favor of a new emphasis on simplicity of line. As a founder of the turn-of-the-century Weiner Werkstatte (in English: the Viennese Workshops), a design co-op that produced superbly crafted furniture and housewares, Hoffmann was a pioneering practitioner of what would become a fundamental principle of modernism: that good design is a way of life.
This beautiful set of nesting tables, designed circa 1906 in Austria by Jacob & Josef Kohn, are made of beech wood. The top is a stunning green glass.
Condition: Each element exhibits surface wear along contact points, in keeping with normal use over time. Considering age, this example shows in excellent vintage condition and is structurally sound in use.