Now celebrating its 100th year, the Österreichische Werkstätten (Austrian Arts) has a deep connection to the Wiener Werkstätte, thanks to its founder Josef Hoffmann.
Products range from the art nouveau -- think Klimt -- to regional handicrafts, as well as new and modern Austrian design. In total they represent an era and a style inseparable from Vienna itself.
Nothing ever captured the Viennese Art Nouveau aesthetic like the beloved architect and designer Josef Hoffmann, and his simple, elegant square design for Wiener Werkstätte. Österreichische Werkstätten/ Austrian Arts was founded by Hoffmann, and built its reputation with inspirations, reproductions and antiques from this remarkable era.
A complete gallery dedicated to the timeless art nouveau creations is open to the public, in the city's tasteful three-story shop on Kärntnerstraße. With its special focus on Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte and Gustav Klimt, a visit to this institution is a must for anyone with an eye toward design. For fashion accessories, jewelry and one-of-a-kind pieces, no brand has been more treasured over the last century -- or sent more visitors home with exquisite souvenirs, for that matter.