Josef Hoflehner’s Sublime Landscapes

I’m captivated by Austrian photographer Josef Hoflehner’s gorgeous black-and-white landscapes and love the depth and drama they bring to a room. Hoflehner’s long, slow exposures and sparse composition give his work a dreamy, mesmerizing quality that is utterly unique.

Hoflehner seeks out the world’s remote pockets, with a catalogue that includes works from Venice, Tokyo, St. Petersburg, Zanzibar and America’s rural South. Our design for the office space below features his “Numbered Barriers,” from a series taken in Japan. I love the transporting effect of his tonal contrast against the traditional fireplace setting.

In this master suite, two works from a series create a visual dialogue among the iconic images of Versailles. Shown, from left: “Jardin de Versailles, Study 4,” “Jardin de Versailles, Study 5.”

You can view the amazing breadth of Hoflehner’s work at his website. In the meantime, we would love to hear your thoughts about this extraordinary Artist We Love.


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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Journal to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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