Josef Zotti, a Wiener Moderne designer and architect, sought to create work not burdened by historical references that was true to the materials and weaving techniques used. Zotti studied for four years at the woodworking school in Bolzano, then moved to Vienna, where he entered the Kunstgewerbeschule (the School of Arts and Crafts) at age 23. There, he studied architecture and interior design under Josef Hoffmann, whose work exemplifies the Jugendstil. Zotti internalized Hoffmann’s belief in the total work of art, and went on to work as an architect and a designer of textiles, furniture, and other objects. From 1909 through the early 1930s, he was employed by Prag-Rudniker Korbwaren Fabrikation in... more.