Sunday 9 December 2012

Post Cards From Vienna - Wiener Werkstätte Collection at MAK On-Line

The Wiener Werkstätte collection at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna (MAK) has a wonderful collection of over 1000 inspiring Wiener Werkstätte postcards which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own chair. But first I had to show you the view from the breakfast room in our hotel. This is St Stephen's Cathedral, where for almost 500 years were buried the Holy Roman Emperors. You can still pick up a horse drawn fiacre from the side of the church for a comfortable sight-seeing ride through the town.

It struck me that the patterns and designs on these cards might inspire some rather nice needlework if you are looking for a project.

There are some great ideas for quilt motifs which you may enjoy, too.

The Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshops) were set up in 1903 - galvanized by the new ideas of the Vienna Succession which would become Art Nouveau in France. This group of artists included textile designers, graphic artists and architects and there was considerable cross fertilization between the various disciplines. Their guiding principle was to design art that would be accessible to all. To enjoy the cards for yourself, simply click here.


  1. Thank you for posting these, such images from this era inspire my designs and it is lovely to see them in this format.

  2. I am very much enjoying your visit to Vienna, a city of great history, beauty and continuing style.

    Yes, the Wiener Werkstatte school is filled with marvelous imagery that seems to have stayed contemporary through the decades. Thank you so much for the link!

    Best wishes.