Josef Hoffmann was born in Moravia, now part of the Czech Republic but he spent most of his adult life in Austria. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and fell in love with the country, staying there until he died in 1956. It’s for this reason that he is often described as an Austrian designer. Hoffmann had an unmistakably minimalist style and was at the forefront of the arts and craft movement in the early 1900s. Today, his designs are globally reproduced and his originals are displayed in world-famous museums, including the MoMA in New York and V&A in London.