Josef Hoffmann was one of the founders of the famous „Wiener Werkstätte“. He realised the ideas of the “Gesamtkunstwerk”, of complete work of art, in the exemplary design of the Stoclet Palais in Brussels. In addition to the architecture, he also paid close attention to applied arts and crafts, especially in the area of tablewares.
The famous “Melon Service” (shape No. 15), whose ribbed sides allow for a wide variety of pattern possibilities. Today that striped patterns in the colours black/white, yellow/white, blue/white are in production.
The tea service (shape No. 71), which has also become well known as the “scale service” because of is raised structured surface.
The reintroduced Josef Hoffmann service (shape No. 19) is being shown in pattern 5557. The characteristic design of the shape of the coffee cup standing on four upright feet is combined with the graphic Art Deco ornamentation. It is a design that was far ahead of its time when it was created (around 1930), both because of its unusual visual characteristics and the difficulties involved in the production. For the dinner plates, Augarten shape No. 1 is used, which shows the pattern´s strict symmetrical ornamentation to its best advantage.