Details

Title

Side Chair

Artist/Maker

Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870 – 1956), designer
Jacob & Josef Kohn, Austrian, 1867 – 1914, manufacturer

Date

ca. 1904

Medium

Beech and wood veneer

Dimensions

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Credit

Gift of Sara and Paul N. Steinfeld

Accession #

1999.122

On View

Currently not on view

Architect Josef Hoffmann designed progressive bentwood furniture forms that could be mass-produced for a wide audience. He designed this chair for the dining room of the Purkersdorf Sanatorium, a fashionable spa outside Vienna. By 1906, the firm J & J Kohn was marketing it as part of a suite that included an armchair, settee, and table. While the Wiener Werkstätte (of which Hoffmann was a founding member) adopted the handcrafted principles of the Arts and Crafts movement, Hoffmann also embraced the advantages of machine production.