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Bentwood Chair, Model No. 322. Designed for the Dining Room of the Sanatorium Purkersdorf, 1904

Leopold Museum,
Vienna
Bentwood, lightly stained beech, punched plywood, cushioned seat, new leather cover
99.5×43×43.5 cm

Artists

  • Josef Hoffmann

    (Pirnitz/Brtnice 1870–1956 Vienna)

  • Jacob & Josef Kohn
Currently on display at OG4
Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956), the architect of the Westend Sanatorium in Purkersdorf near Vienna, was also in charge of the interior decoration of the institution, with Koloman Moser (1868–1918) as a like-minded collaborator. The sanatorium’s therapeutic program was based on fresh air, sunlight, connection with nature, hygiene, exercise, and modern technology. In the furniture design, the angularity of straight lines and corners was eased through the use of rounded curves. Like in the case of the famous Sitting Machine, the back of this chair consisted of an elongated perforated plywood panel with a bentwood frame that gives an idea of lightness and airy transparence.

Object data

Artist/author
  • Design: Josef Hoffmann
  • Execution: Jacob & Josef Kohn
Title
Bentwood Chair, Model No. 322. Designed for the Dining Room of the Sanatorium Purkersdorf
Date
1904
Category
Furniture
Material​/technique
Bentwood, lightly stained beech, punched plywood, cushioned seat, new leather cover
Dimensions
99.5×43×43.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4340
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • Linie und Form. 100 Meisterzeichnungen aus der Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Franz Smola/Fritz Koreny, Wien 2014 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 23.05.2014–20.10.2014).
  • Eduard F. Sekler: Josef Hoffmann. Das architektonische Werk: Monographie und Werkverzeichnis, Salzburg/Wien 1982.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Sekler 1986: 84
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Provenance

Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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