Some time ago I mentioned this Rocking Lounger that was auctioned at Wright. They attributed it to Thonet. Rather is is a J&J Kohn Lounger as the following 2 excerpts from a 1904 Catalog of both firms clearly demonstrate:
Many thanks to the Chairblog Reader, a real Thonet aficionado based here in Europe, who kindly has sent me the 2 excerpts.
He owns an original himself, you see:
Enignum is a chair collection by self-taught Irish designer Joseph Walsh. Combining art and craftsmanship, the form of each shape is dictated by the existing qualities found in wood. Pictured here are the Enignum Lounge Chair and the Enignum Chair III.
If you have two avid contributors thousands of miles apart, it can happen they are working at the same subject at the same time. As I wanted to quote Joseph a bit more, I deemed it okay in this case to infringe on Julia’s work, rather than posting a comment.
In the Enignum series of work, I have stripped wood into thin layers, manipulating and reconstructing them into free form compositions. I then shape through these layers to reveal not only the honesty of the structure but the sculpted form which is a unique collaboration of man and material. The title derives from the Latin words Enigma (‘mystery’) and Lignum (‘wood’), for me they sum up the series: the mystery of the composition lies in the material.
Hah! Now I can ditch my draft;-)
Last edited by Guido J. van den Elshout on November 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM