Joseph Hoffmann crystal and gilded bronze chandelier
The Sitzmachine chair ( machine for sitting) The chair combined the use of bentwood and plywood. The chair design was based on the repetition of simple shapes and lines. The rectangular forms of the seat, sides and back contrasted with the thin, curved line of the armrests.The spherical shape of the knobs that supported the reclining function of the chair was repeated in balls on the chair frame that performed a structural role as well as a visual one.
Designed by Josef Hoffman Manufacturer: Vienna Workshop circa 1925 76,000 USD
As modernity began to question tradition at the end of the 1800's, Josef Hofmann led the way with the Vienna Secession, which is an art movement that aimed to steer design away from Historicism and create a new style that was all its own. "To every age its art. To every art its freedom."
The ideals of the Vienna Secession eventually led Hoffmann to the founding of the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop) in 1903.The Viener Workshop was a production community of visual artists in Vienna, bringing together architects, artists and designers working in ceramics, fashion, silver, furniture and the graphic arts. It is regarded as a pioneer of modern design, and its influence can be seen in later styles such as Bauhaus and Art Deco.
In the living room of the Havana villa owned by the Cuban artist Damian Aquiles and his American wife, Pamela Ruiz, midcentury furniture contrasts with wallpaper that predates the revolution. Photo by Stefan Ruiz.
antique mirrored tiles, green velvet sofa couch, victorian rustic interior --- modern bohemian boho interior design / vintage and mod mix with nature, wood-tones and bright accent colors / anthropologie-inspired chic mid-century home decor
Casa de Julia Tarafa: Havana’s love affair with art deco blossomed at a time of commercial promise: Cuba had grown rich on the back of the sugar trade – especially during the first world war. Art deco flourished in South Beach and Miami Beach, pastel colours and whimsical motifs were introduced, creating a 'tropical deco' look. This private house was designed by architect Angel de Zárraga in 1933.