Die Wiener Werkstätte
Posted by John Bidwell
Monday, February 14, 2011 6:00:00 PM
Die Wiener Werkstätte, 1903-1928: Modernes Kunstgewerbe und sein Weg. Edited by Mathilde Flögl. Vienna: Krystall-Verlag, 1929. Purchased on the Gordon N. Ray Fund, 2009.
Published to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Wiener Werkstätte, this commemorative volume surveys its accomplishments in decorative arts, interior design, silverware, textiles, ceramics and mosaics. One of the founders of this innovative artists’ collective was the architect and art theorist Josef Hoffmann, also known for his modernist bookbindings, several of which are in the Morgan collection. This special copy is in a striking red-and-black papier-mâché binding with decorative endpapers by Hoffmann and covers designed by the eminent ceramicists Vally Wieselthier and Gudrun Baudisch.