A renowned designer of the first half of the 20th century Emanuel Josef Margold (1888-1962) was a student of and assistant to Josef Hoffmann at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He was versalite artist working in ceramics, interior design, architecture, he also worked as a jewelery designer among other media. His designs for the ‘Wiener Werkstätte’ in particular attracted a great deal of attention.
Margold was also known for the boxes he designed for the Bahlsen biscuit factory that won numerous awards – at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, at the Baltic exhibition in 1910 and in Malmo in 1914. Margold was a member of the Darmstadt artists’ colony – a leading German centre for Arts and Crafts.