This mold-blown, fluted vase was designed by Josef Hoffmann for the Wiener Werkstätte. When promoting and selling their designs, the Wiener Werkstätte would display a variety of objects together to produce dynamic compositions. In one contemporary illustration, a blue example of this vase was displayed with a silk textile and a hand-embossed silver tea and coffee service. Collectively, they demonstrate that the workshop produced objects meant to be purchased, displayed, and used in concert with one another. Explore more glassware from the Wiener Werkstätte in “Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937,” a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO, on view at the Museum through January 7.
Fluted Vase, about 1922. Designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870–1956); manufactured by Wiener Werkstätte and Meyr’s Neffe. Mold-blown and hot-worked glass. H. 23 cm, Diam. 14.5 cm. The Corning Museum of Glass (97.3.9). Illustration from Die Wiener Werkstätte, 1903–1928: Modernes Kunstgewerbe und sein Weg, (Modern decorative art and its path), featuring the silk Crêpe de Chine in the “Anemone” pattern by Felice Ueno Rix (Austrian, 1893–1967) and a silver tea and coffee service and glass vase by Josef Hoffmann, Compiled by Mathilde Flӧgl (Austrian, 1893–1958); binding designed by Vally Wieselthier (Austrian, 1895–1945) and Gudrun Baudisch (Austrian, 1907–1982); Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna: Krystall-Verlag, 1929). Paper, papier maché binding. L. 24 cm, W. 23 cm. The Corning Museum of Glass, Rakow Research Library (169938).