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Thonet Bentwood Set Seven Chairs Design by Hoffmann or Prutscher made circa 1925


THONET SET OF SEVEN CHAIRS made in Bistritz (Bystrice) / Czechoslovakia: Concerning Thonet firm label existing at reverse side of each chair. beech wood / mahogany stained / refurbished by hand made circa 1925 Design made by circle of JOSEF HOFFMANN (1870-1956) or OTTO PRUTSCHER (1880-1949) A special feature is these chairs' stunningly manufactured backrest made of seven vertical struttings attached to middle area; additionally, a strutting decorating each lateral side connects the chairs' seat with backrest which has half-round frame at top area. Generally, these chairs are of very elegant appearance ! There is a chair published in KOHN CATALOGUE of 1916 which is attributed to circle of Josef HOFFMANN (look, please, at concerning picture shown above): Relating chair has model number 369 /5. - Jiri Uhlir, author of a very informative book about chairs (= Vom Wiener Stuhl zum Architektenmoebel / From Viennese Chair to Architect's Furniture, published by Boehlau, Vienna/Cologne/Weimar 2009, pages 105 and 107) stated that this chair deriving from Hoffmann's circle had been manufactured not only by Kohn, but also by other manufactories. There is no doubt that the THONET CHAIRS presented here have a formal relation with this chair KOHN model 369/5 attributed to circle of Josef HOFFMANN, but, too, it should be pointed to the fact that the greatest differences compared to Hoffmann's chair are the absence of the feet's struttings as well as the existence of the lateral struttings attached to seat. - It is important to mention here that this model produced by THONET firm is attributed to Hoffmann's pupil OTTO PRUTSCHER by some authors, although the doubtless proof by documents is still missing. FINEST MANUFACTURING QUALITY ! Bistritz (Bystrice) / Czechoslovakia, made circa 1925 MEASURES: height (backrest included): 88.0 cm / 34.64 inches height of seat: 48.0 cm / 18.89 inches width: 44.5 cm / 17.51 inches depth: 40.5 cm / 15.94 inches ORIGINAL VINTAGE FURNITURE PIECES DERIVING FROM MANUFACTURING PERIOD ! IN EXCELLENT CONDITION (READY FOR USE) !


  • Dimensions

    H 34.64 in. x W 17.51 in. x D 15.94 in.

    H 87.99 cm x W 44.48 cm x D 40.49 cm

  • Seat height
    18.89 in. (47.99 cm)
  • Seller location
    Vienna, AT
  • Sold As
    Set of 7
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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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