Josef Hoffmann was an Austrian designer and architect, and co-founder of the Wiener Werkstätte, the Vienna Secession and the Österreichischer Werkbund. He was a key figure in Viennese Modernism.
Josef Hoffmann’s formal 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.