Back to School Part 1: Wiener Werkstätte

School is back in session for kiddies and post-graduates alike, and this month we’re taking a look at some of history’s most prestigious design and architecture programs. Today we explore the short but marvelous history of the Wiener Werkstätte program out of Vienna, Austria.


Wiener Werkstätte store front in Vienna. Photo courtesy of The Vienna Secession.

Wiener Werkstätte was established in 1903 by young architect Josef Hoffmann and his artist friend Koloman Moser. The idea was to create a collaborative production community that brought together architecture, fine art, and design under one roof. By 1929 the program had expanded to open workshops in Karlsbad, Marienbad, Zürich, New York, and Berlin. Some of the names associated with the program and its works include Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, Dagobert Peche, Otto Prutscher, Koloman Moser, Ernst Lichtblau, and Josef Frank.

Unfortunately, World War II put an end to the original endeavor, but its legacy lives on in the works listed below.


Stoclet Palace, designed in 1905 by Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätte group of architects and artists. The group designed every aspect of the mansion, down to the decor, door handles, and light fittings. Photo courtesy of


The dining hall of the Stoclet Palace in Brussels. Photo courtesy of ArchiSUPERstar.

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Villa Knips by Josef Hoffmann and Wiener Werkstätte, 1926. Photo courtesy of Austria Forum.

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Wiener Werkstätte exhibit at the Leopold Museum. Photo courtesy of the Leopold Museum.


Designer Unknown, Shoes by the Wiener Werkstätte, c. 1910.


The Sanatorium Purkersdorf in Austria was designed by Josef Hoffmann and Wiener Werkstätte in 1904. Photo courtesy of Knoji.


Furniture by Wiener Werkstätte on display in the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. Designer and date unknown.

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Death and Life by Gustav Klimt, 1910. Photo courtesy of Leopold Museum.


Illustration for publication Das Leben einer Dame by Wiener Werkstatte. Photo courtesy of Vienna Textiles.


Wiener Werkstatte room in ‘Osterrisches Haus’ at Cologne Werkbund Exhibition, 1914. Photo courtesy of the Marwood Blog.


Gold, Topaz, Diamond, and Ruby Pendant by Anton Kling, 1920s. Photo courtesy of Xupes.


Putto Locket by Berthold Loeffler, 1908. Photo courtesy of Tadema Gallery.

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The Hall of the Sanatorium in Lower Austria – design and furniture by Wiener Werkstätte. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.


Woman with Panther by Karl Hagenauer, 1920s. Photo courtesy of Art & Auktionshaus.

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Postcard by Moriz Jun, 1909. Photo courtesy of 50 Watts.

By |September 4th, 2014| Comment

Vibrant Architecture that Screams with Color

Plain white and neutral colors in architecture can be stunning and perfect in their simplicity, but some projects call for bold hues and blinding brightness! Here are a few designs that weren’t afraid to walk on the brighter side of color.

Turkey’s Kayseri Ice Ring by Bahadir Kul Architects, 2012

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Photos courtesy of Inhabitat.

Airport Hotel in Business Park Berlin by Petersen Architekten, 2012

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Photos courtesy of Archello.

Brandhorst Museum in Munich by Sauerbruch Hutton, 2008

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Photos courtesy of Europa Concorsi.

Palais des Congrès in Montreal by Tétreault, Parent, Languedoc et Associés with Saïa et Barbarese Architectes, Ædifica, and architect Hal Ingberg, 1983

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Photos courtesy of Architecture Linked.

Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria by Treusch architecture ZT GmbH, 2009

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Photos courtesy of World Buildings Directory.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank in Tokyo by Emmanuelle Moureaux, 2011

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Photos courtesy of Dezeen.

By |September 3rd, 2014| Comment

BYVM x Modernica: Design Your Own Fiberglass Shell Chair!


We’ve partnered up with Blank You Very Much to create a once-in-a-lifetime contest opportunity. Here is your chance to create a new Fiberglass Shell Chair design using our official assets!  Download the asset files and submit your own unique designs to be considered for entry.

The winning designs in this contest will be the ones that are selected by a very exclusive judge – our own co-founder Frank Novak!  You’ll start with the brand assets are provided, but from there you’ve got a blank canvas.  Let’s see what you’ve got.  Please follow the BYVM Rules, Guidelines, and enter now for your chance to win $1,000 Cash plus a limited edition Modernica fiberglass chair featuring your winning design!

Participants must be 18+ years of age to enter.  OPEN WORLDWIDE, NO PURCHASE NECESSARY, VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

By |September 2nd, 2014| Comment

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