design Otto Wagner, 1901
produced by J. & J. Kohn, starting 1902
Bent beechwood, stained and polished, fabric design Koloman Moser “Ver sacrum”, dess.3907
Bench: height ca.80cm, width ca. 118cm, depth ca. 57cm
Armchairs: height ca.81cm, width ca. 61cm, depth ca. 54cm
Otto Wagner was one of the ground-breaking architects of Vienna’s modernism or, to quote a statement by the influential Viennese Salonière Berta Zuckerkandl: “Otto Wagner proclaims the architectural style of the 20th century” (translated). Among his main projects in Vienna rank the Postsparkassengebäude, the church at Steinhof and the three so called Wienzeilenhäuser.
As a pioneer he made use of the new technique of bentwood for his furniture designs. Wagner designed this sitting room suite in 1901 and it was manufactured from 1902 on by the company J. & J. Kohn, which together with Thonet, was the leading producer of bentwood furniture at that time. The curved armrests emphasize the advantage of this new technique. Visible brass stakings help to stabilize the furniture and at the same time form an adorning element. This sitting room suite has been clothed with fabric by Backhausen, designed by Koloman Moser.
Bib.: Giovanni Renzi, „Il mobile moderno“, Silvana Editoriale Spa, Milano, 2008. P. 48-49
Eva B. Ottilinger (ed.), „Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos und das Möbeldesign der Wiener Moderne“, catalogue Hofmobiliendepot Wien, Böhlau Verlag, Vienna, 2018, p.34 ff.