1905 was one of the crucial years for the Wiener Werkstätte. That year Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser created some of their most iconic designs. Their leitmotif in this artistic period was the reduction of form in favor of functionality. This set designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1905 and consisting of four nesting tables with vertical rods, perfectly embodies that principle. The strong influence of the pieces of furniture of the model “Fledermaus” can be found most notably in the horseshoe-shaped base. Hoffmann combined curved forms in the horizontal plane with a straight shape in the vertical, which lends the design a particular tension. On the backside of the smallest table the original label of the manufacturer J. & J. Kohn is still visible.
Bibl.: Das Interieur, 1908; Original J. & J. Kohn catalog 1906; Giovanni Renzi, “Il mobile moderno“ Silvana editoriale Spa, Milan 2008, p. 180, model no. 986.