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Kohn Art Nouveau Vienna Armchair Model 416 Attributed to Hoffmann or Siegel 1905

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Jacob & Josef Kohn Vienna most elegant as well as rare armchair: Attributed to Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) or to. Gustav Siegel (1880-1968). Model number 416. Designed before 1905. Vienna, made circa 1905-1908. Beech wood / mahogany stained. Model attributed to Josef Hoffmann (1870 / Czechia - 1956 / Vienna): World-famous architect (for example Sanatorium in Purkersdorf / Lower Austria & Palias Stoclet in Brussels). Designer of interiours (for example: Cabaret Fledermaus) as well as of furniture pieces and objects of daily use. 1897: Josef Hoffmann was one of the founders of Viennese Secession he and J. M. Olbrich were the most important architects there 1899 - 1937 Hoffmann was Professor at Viennese School of Applied Arts. 1912: Foundation of Austrian so-said Werkbund (J.Hoffmann was member of it until the year 1920). Or to. Gustav Siegel (1880-1968), a well-known interior designer and architect, who had been engaged by Kohn manufactory as chief designer - on the recommendation of Josef Hoffmann. Gustav Siegel had designed for example a furniture set for living room and bedroom which was presented at Paris World Exhibition in year 1900. The chair we're presenting here was displayed in Milan (April 1906) as furniture for the Presidential Hall of the Chamber of Commerce of Lower Austria. Bibliography: Kohn - Catalogue of 1904 & 1907 / Armchair Number 416 On Page 103. Giovanni Renzi, Il mobile moderno / Gebrueder Thonet Vienna and Jacob & Josef Kohn, Milano 2008, pages 184 / 185. Please note: Original good condition (ready for use!) Not restored! This means that upholstery is in good original condition, too. The Kohn firm label is existing beneath the upholstery. Measures: Total height: 94.5 cm 37.20 inches. Height of seat: 43.0 cm 16.92 inches. Width: 60.5 cm 23.81 inches. Please note: Original vintage furniture deriving from manufacturing period!   ________________________________________________________________________________

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    Good. ORIGINAL GOOD CONDITION (READY FOR USE !) NOT RESTORED ! This means that upholstery is in good original condition, too..
  • Dimensions

    H 37.2 in. x W 23.81 in. x D 17.32 in.

    H 94.49 cm x W 60.48 cm x D 44 cm

  • Seat height
    16.92 in. (42.98 cm)
  • Seller location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference number
    LU101444279353

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About Josef Hoffmann (Designer)

The Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann was a central figure in the evolution of modern design, and a leader in an aesthetic movement born in Europe in the late 19th century that rejected florid, extravagant ornamentation in favor of a new emphasis on simplicity of line. As a founder of the turn-of-the-century Wiener Werkstätte (in English: the Viennese Workshops), a design cooperative that produced superbly crafted furniture and housewares, Hoffmann was a pioneering practitioner of what would become a fundamental principle of modernism: that good design is a way of life.

     Hoffmann came of age amidst a shift in the culture of the applied arts, as a conservative order that looked only to the past for inspiration was pushed aside. But what, exactly, would replace that order was in question — and Hoffmann’s career embodies the developing patterns of design’s new spirit. His architectural work reflects his time as a student of the Vienna architect Otto Wagner, who disdained excessive decoration and employed new materials such as steel girders and reinforced concrete to create buildings with airy, open interiors full of light. As a designer of furniture and interiors, Hoffmann was consistently open-minded about the aesthetics he explored. He was an early adherent of the flowing, organic forms of the Art Nouveau design movement that began to flourish in the late 1880s — but by the opening of the Wiener Werkstätte in 1903, Hoffmann’s designs embraced the beauty of geometry in pieces that feature grids and angular forms.

     Hoffmann’s greatest works reflect his ability to combine seemingly conflicting design visions into coherent wholes. His architectural masterpiece, the Stoclet Palace in Brussels, has an exterior that groups together simple geometric forms and spacious interiors marked by subtly naturalistic design details that lend rooms an air of charm and geniality. Hoffmann’s signature furniture design is an adjustable lounge chair — the Sitzmaschine (1905) — that marries a curving frame with square and rectangular back- and side rests. This piece, like so many others by Hoffmann, reflects a groundbreaking, forward-thinking appreciation for the union of different looks and sources that marks the best of interior design in our own day. Moreover, items offered on these pages — which range from enameled silver jewelry, to a silver flower vase basket, to lighting pendants and sconces — testify to the astonishing breadth of Hoffman’s creative pursuits. He was truly a giant of design.

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