Purkersdorf

Josef Hoffmann’s Notschrei


Today, the words “asylum” and “sanatorium” conjure mental images of patients in white gowns sitting in cold, sparsely furnished, whitewashed rooms with faded checkerboard linoleum flooring. Knowing the dismal associations with these interiors, it may be surprising to learn that Josef Hoffmann’s textile, Notschrei, was one element of the holistically conceived décor for a sanatorium.
josef hoffmann, Sigmund Freud, Purkersdorf, sanatorium, asylum