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Perforated Metal Vessels and Utensils

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Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) and Koloman Moser (1868-1918)1905ViennaZinc plate with white lacquer

Today, this perforated metal tableware, designed by Koloman Moser, is among the prime pieces produced by the Wiener Werkstätte. The production site, founded in 1903, is where the architects and designers Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser pursued their ideal of the creative pervasion of all expression of existence.  Thus, this tableware received the same attention as their architecture designs. The clear and reduced architectural forms of the tableware are reminiscent of the formal style of the dining rooms in the Purkersdorf sanatorium (1904-1906), for which the flower and fruit baskets motif was originally intended. Hofmann anticipated the objectivity of modernity through the successful design of Purkersdorf sanatorium.