Ten-sided basket consisting of square grid cut-out decoration; grid handle

Basket, c. 1905-1910

Josef Hoffmann, a founder of the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshops) in 1903, developed designs for various household objects made of gitterwerk, or gridwork, such as the basket and storm lantern in this case. The gridded sheets of base metal were thus the structure of the objects as well as their decoration. Affordably made, they were often nickel- or silver-plated for added attractiveness. The pervasiveness of simplicity and geometry in Hoffmann's designs during this period can be seen in his Wasserfall textile, as well as his designs for furniture.

Details
Title
Basket
Artist Life
(born Czechoslovakia), 1870–1956
Role
Designer
Accession Number
98.276.65
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Ten-sided basket consisting of square grid cut-out decoration; grid handle