Description & Technical information

Designed by: Josef Hoffmann, Vienna, before 1906

Executed by: J. & J. Kohn, from 1906 on, model no. 322

Very good original condition

In 1904, Viktor Zuckerkandl commissioned Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätte with the planning and construction of a sanatorium in Purkersdorf near Vienna. The chair, Hoffmann designed for the dining room, was one of his pioneering works.

It is depicted in a special number of The Studio magazine in an article entitled “The Art Revival in Austria”. Hoffmann also created the armchair and bench intended to be produced in series by J. & J. Kohn. As early as in April 1906, the armchair was already shown in the visitor’s hall of the Milan exhibition. However, none of these pieces met with the hoped for response from the public and were thus rarely produced. The design’s modernity as well as their rarity have turned these pieces into some of the most sought after collector’s items of Josef Hoffmann’s oeuvre.

Date:  1906
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Austrian
Medium: Bent beech and plywood, surface cleaned and slightly repolished, re-upholstered.
Dimensions: 99 x 44 x 42 cm (39 x 17³/₈ x 16¹/₂ inches)
Provenance: Private property, Austria


J. & J. Kohn sales catalogue, 1906, p. 65; The Art Revival in Austria, The
Studio, special number 1906, ill. C 10; G. Renzi, Il mobile moderno, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Jacob & Josef Kohn, Milan, 2008, p. 64 ff

Categories: Furniture