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Story: Viennese Craft

Mon, Sep 23, 19

With the onset for Vienna Design Week 2019, we thought it be appropriate to touch upon the history of Viennese craft and how it is still incredibly relevant in the 21st century.

Dating back to 1903, the Wiener Werkstätte was one of the longest-lived design movements of the 20th century, and one of the most important Art Nouveau workshops that grew out of the Vienna Secession. The aims of the Wiener Werstätte was to strive for the development of modernism, standing on the threshold between traditional methods of manufacture and a distinctly avant-garde aesthetic. 

Established by Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser, together they pioneered this movement into an age that grew into many centuries of further appreciation for craft, skill and its processes. It unified the manufacture of craft-based decorative arts, such as metalwork, leatherwork, bookbinding, woodworking, and painting. Resisting mass production, they made jewellery, postcards, ceramics, leather and enamel goods, and more.

With Bodo's passion to work with heritage brands, our studio is fascinated with regenerating the use of traditional materials into the 21st century, thriving to change perceptions by creating new contexts for high-quality materials such as silverware, ceramic, stone, metal and wood.

Combining functionality, innovation and aesthetics, we brought Viennese Modernism into the present with the new Script lighting series designed for Lobmeyr, and Onda silverware collection for Jarosinski & Vaugoin, and are pleased to be showcasing these collections at this years Vienna Design Week.

Bodo’s designs are always thought through using historical references combined with using traditional methods of craft and materials. We'd like to invite you to Vienna Design Week from the 27th September till 6th October and explore our new collections in flesh at Kärntnerstrasse 26, Vienna. 

Photography by Jon Day

Related projects:
Script lighting series for Lobmeyr
Onda silverware collection for Jarosinski & Vaugoin