Wiener Werkstatte Fabric 1910
A number of co-operative workshops were set up in Austria and Germany in the early 20th century inspired by the English Arts and Crafts Movement.
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Their aim was to produce relatively cheap items for everyday use. In Vienna the Wiener Werkstatte, a group of innovative architects and artists, developed furniture in cane, willow and bentwood which, along with German examples, inspired Benjamin Fletcher to design the cane furniture that was the beginning of the Dryad workshops.
The group, particularly one of its leading figures, the architect, Josef Hoffmann, also designed inventive textile designs produced in their own workshops from about 1910. Some were hand painted and printed, others were machine printed. More than 80 artists were involved in producing designs. These fabric lengths, still with their original labels, were probably bought by Peach or Benjamin Fletcher on a visit to Vienna between 1910-14.
Main image: 'Jagdfalke' design in linen textile length with its original label, by Josef Hoffmann.
'Eisfuchs' (blue and pink) design in linen textile length with its original label, by Lotte Fochler.
'Apollo' (orange and black) design in linen textile length with its original label, by Josef Hoffmann.
'Feldlerche' design in fine linen by Carl Otto Czeschka and 'Alpenfalker' design in linen by Josef Hoffmann.