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Jacob and Josef Kohn

While the first name that comes to mind when thinking of bentwood furniture might be Thonet (maker of the iconic Thonet No. 14 chair or “bistro chair”), Michael Thonet and his subsequent studio, the Gebrüder Thonet (Thonet Brothers), had a strong competitor in 19th-century Vienna: Jacob & Josef Kohn (also referred to as J. & J. Kohn).

Founded in 1849 by a father and son with the motto “Be one step ahead,” Jacob & Josef Kohn created modern furniture for indoors and out from Austrian beech. At the turn of the 20th century, after establishing itself with mastery of everything from chairs to coatracks and even doll furniture, J. & J. Kohn began working closely with the Wiener Werkstätte, the artisan cooperative cofounded by Austrian architect and designer Josef Hoffmann (Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser were also members). Through this partnership, J. & J. Kohn produced an array of furniture in bentwood, cane and upholstery, which it sold through showrooms across Europe and North America. Its designs throughout the first decade of the 20th century reflect the Art Nouveau movement that was quickly gaining traction across Europe.

Price wars and mergers ensued during the first World War, and a company that Jacob & Josef Kohn had merged with became part of the world’s largest furniture manufacturer in 1923. The new conglomerate went on to produce examples of its bentwood furniture in keeping with the modern style of the Vienna Secession. While Thonet rebuilt, rebranded and expanded in the United States and elsewhere after World War II, J. & J. Kohn never produced furniture under that name again.

Find a variety of J. & J. Kohn furniture — including bentwood wingback chairs designed by Josef Hoffmann, beech nesting tables and more — at 1stDibs.

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$2,369
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Original Gustav Siegel Bentwood Rocking Chair for Jacob & Josef Kohn, 1910s
By Gustav Siegel, Jacob & Josef Kohn
Located in Budapest, HU
Rare, original bentwood rocker by designer Gustav Siegel, manufactured by Jacob & Josef Kohn, Austria 1905-10. This Vienna workshop bentwood rocking chair is in great condition. Str...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Vienna Secession Jacob and Josef Kohn

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Bentwood

Jacob & Josef Kohn Art Nouveau Vienna Piano Stool Model 616 Beech Black
By Jacob & Josef Kohn
Located in Vienna, AT
Jacob & Josef Kohn Vienna most elegant (piano) stool: Designed before 1904 by Jacob & Josef Kohn Manufactory. Vienna, made circa 1905. Beech wood / black stained The (piano) st...
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Jacob and Josef Kohn

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Beech

Jacob & Josef Kohn Art Nouveau Coat Rack Model 1092 Beech Mahogany Stained, 1900
By Jacob & Josef Kohn
Located in Vienna, AT
Jacob & Josef Kohn Vienna coat rack with umbrella holder: Designed circa 1900 by Jacob & Josef Kohn Manufactory Vienna, made circa 1900 Very rare Edition Beech wood / high q...
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Jacob and Josef Kohn

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Bentwood

Jugendstil Armchairs No 714 by Jacob & Josef Kohn Style Otto Wagner Austria 1902
By Jacob & Josef Kohn
Located in Vienna, AT
Jugendstil armchairs model no 714, which were designed Style Otto Wagner, Vienna, 1902 and produced by Jacob & Josef Kohn. Documented in the company´s catalogue Kohn from 1903. The c...
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Early 1900s Austrian Jugendstil Antique Jacob and Josef Kohn

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Plywood, Beech

Set of 6 Bistro Chairs by Jacob & Josef Kohn, 1890 Austro-Hungarian Empire
By Jacob & Josef Kohn
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
Exceptional and rare set of 6 Bistro chairs by Jacob & Josef Kohn from the end of the 19th century. Bentwood chairs with seats and backs carved with beautiful patterns. All chairs ar...
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1890s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Jacob and Josef Kohn

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Bentwood

1900s Koloman Moser Pair of Armchairs for J & J Kohn No. 327
By Jacob & Josef Kohn, Koloman Moser
Located in Praha, CZ
-good original condition -carefully restored and finished with shellac -seat strings in good condition..reforced in some places -height of seat 48 cm.
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19th Century Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Jacob and Josef Kohn

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Wood

Original Josef Hoffmann Jugendstil Bench/Settee, Early 20th Century
By Jacob & Josef Kohn, Josef Hoffmann, Otto Prutscher
Located in Vienna, AT
Attributed to either Josef Hoffmann or Otto Prutscher as both of the designers did similar objects in bentwood at this time, and both were using balls or olives for joining the legs ...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Jugendstil Jacob and Josef Kohn

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Fabric, Beech, Bentwood

Wall Hanger No.1368 by J.J.Kohn
By Jacob & Josef Kohn
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Wall hanger no.1368 by J.J.Kohn in original condition.
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Early 1900s Slovakian Vienna Secession Antique Jacob and Josef Kohn

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Bentwood

  • Wall Hanger No.1368 by J.J.Kohn
  • Wall Hanger No.1368 by J.J.Kohn
  • Wall Hanger No.1368 by J.J.Kohn
  • Wall Hanger No.1368 by J.J.Kohn
H 76.78 in. W 35.44 in. D 11.42 in.
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Jacob and Josef Kohn furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Jacob and Josef Kohn's furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Jacob and Josef Kohn collection to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 99 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Jacob and Josef Kohn were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Art Nouveau style.. Many customers also consider furniture by Josef Urban, Otto Wagner and J & J Kohn & Mundus if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Jacob and Josef Kohn furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$480 and tops out at US$57,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$4,455.

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