No, this isn’t a mistake. Bear with me while I talk you through my choice for today.
This iconic beautifully stained and patinated wood side table designed around 1905 by Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) is worth our attention for several reasons. First, it is a prime example of the Wiener Werkstatte style; the Austro-German movement (1903-1932) whose architects, artist and designers sought to enhance everyday life through the creation of beautiful objects and furniture. Second, Josef Hoffmann was one of the founding and principal members of the movement. Third, and perhaps MOST important, is that I love the simple lines and refined minimalist decoration of the table.
Where the larger Wiener Werkstatte pieces of furniture such as chairs and cabinets might be too big and too “periody” for today’s living, this table is a welcome addition to any sleek and modern space where its enduring functionality and look is not only practical but a tasteful statement of refinement and connoisseurship.
image credit: © Christie’s. Lot 83, Josef Hoffmann, Side Table model 728T, 20th Century Decorative Art & Design. Estimate: US$5,000-8,000. To be sold New York, 8 March 2012. Viewing 3-7 March 2012.
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