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The Kubus Style by Josef Hoffmann: Geometric Shape and Beauty

The kubus style by josef hoffman reflects the artistic setting of the Austrian designer and architect: his activity, in the first half of the last century, was the anticipator and inspirer for many art movements in the following years. First of all the Art Decò (that resumed and extended the use of geometrical shapes in architecture and in design furniture), to Modernis (maybe the most important art movement of the last years in architecture and furniture).

Mostly the Modernism inspire to Hoffman for the linearity and sobriety of the style: a style that most favored the functionality of buildings and objects. For all these factors the kubus style by josef Hoffman should be considered one of the most important and influential of the last century. Josef Hoffmann brought a mathematical clarity to his designs that transformed furniture, as we know it. His creations were as functional as they were individual, and every Hoffmann piece is designed for comfort and durability as well as original style.

Born in Pirnitz, Moravia (now Brtnice, the Czech Republic), Josef Hoffmann studied architecture at the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he was fortunate enough to be schooled by Otto Wagner – the world-famous architect who introduced Hoffmann to functional, modern design theories. Upon graduating, Hoffmann won the Rome Prize and a year later joined Wagner’s office in 1896, before forming his own office three years later.

The kubus style by josef Hoffman is a very innovative style: the production by josef Hoffman is located in the first half of the last century and the objects of furniture (particularly the seats, the armchairs and the couches) was different from the production of the previous year and centuries. Until that moment, the elegance of an object (like armchairs and couches) was the most important character, compared to comfort and functionality.  The kubus style by josef Hoffman overtakes this concept and the most care is putting in functionality and comfort of the object.

Arguably, one of Hoffmann’s greatest contributions to design was to co-found the Vienna Secession in 1903: a community of artists and architects committed to creating architecture, art and textiles that were accessible to the masses. The group championed abstract and functional design over the prevailing conservative, historical influences of the time, and designed buildings as complete works of art, with architecture and furniture working in harmony.

Josef Hoffmann showed huge versatility throughout his career, from the Art Deco-style quirkiness of his earlier works to the trademark geometric lines and functional clarity of his later designs.

But the kubus style josef Hoffman is not only practical and functional: is an unique style, that molded the geometrical shape (particularly the cubus shape, the most loved shape by Josef Hoffman) with beauty and softness of the used materials. All these factors made this style original and very innovative, so it can be actual also at the present day, a century after its creation.

If you choose an object of furniture (particularly the armchairs and couches)  by Josef Hoffman for your home or office, you will find an unique style molded with a huge comfort and functionality

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