Wiener Werkstätte

At the turn of the century around the year 1900 the city of Vienna was one of Europe’s leading cultural centres. In 1903 the members of the artists’ association ‘Secession’ and Vienna’s Kunstgewerbeschule, the college of arts and crafts, founded the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop) in 1903. This became a brand in itself and developed into a company which marketed not just furniture and small articles of everyday use made of glass, ceramics, silver and metal, but also jewellery and clothing. 
For a time the products of the Wiener Werkstätte enjoyed tremendous commercial success, many of the best-known artists and architects of this period created works for the Werkstätte, including names such as Gustav Klimt, Josef Hoffmann, Michael Powolny, Otto Prutscher, Koloman Moser, Ernst Lichtblau and Josef Frank.