Alleegasse Armchair by Josef Hoffmann

Wittmann is an Austrian furniture manufacturer who started as a saddler in 1896 and who obtained reproduction rights of furniture designed by Josef Hoffmann. I hapened to pass their Vienna showroom last week where this Alleegasse chair was on display. I love it.

Josef Hoffmann, born in 1870, studied architecture under Carl von Hasenquer and Otto Wagner at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 1899, at the age of 29, he became a professor at what is now the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In 1903 he and Kolo Moser established the Wiener Werkstätte. His first important building, the sanatorium in Purkersdorf, near Vienna, built in 1904, set radical new standards in architecture and interior design. But it was the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, built between 1905 and 1911, that founded his international reputation. Here, Josef Hoffmann succeeded in perfection the Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art), reconciling art and life, and aestheticizing all aspects of design.

Model 720 by Josef Hoffmann at Sotheby’s

Model 720 by Josef Hoffmann at Sotheby's

Model 720 by Josef Hoffmann at Sotheby’s

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Josef Hoffmann
THREE-PIECE SALON SUITE, MODEL NO. 720
Estimate: 20,000 – 30,000 USD
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
comprising settee and two armchairs
each with firm’s label
stained bentwood, brass and fabric upholstery
settee: 26 3/4 x 65 1/4 x 21 1/2 in. (67.9 x 165.7 x 54.6 cm)
armchair: 27 7/8 x 22 x 22 1/4 in. (70.8 x 55.9 x 56.5 cm)
circa 1905
manufactured by Jacob and Josef Kohn, Vienna

via Sotheby’s

Fledermaus Chairs by Josef Hoffmann at Sotheby’s

Fledermaus Chairs by Josef Hoffmann at Sotheby's

Fledermaus Chairs by Josef Hoffmann at Sotheby’s

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PROPERTY FROM A MANHATTAN COLLECTION

Josef Hoffmann

PAIR OF “FLEDERMAUS” CHAIRS, MODEL NO. 729

Estimate: 2,000 – 3,000 USD

LOT SOLD. 5,313 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)

beechwood and fabric upholstery

32 x 20 1/8 x 18 1/2 in. (81.3 x 51.1 x 47 cm)

circa 1905

manufactured by Jacob and Josef Kohn, Vienna

Love the upholstery!

via Sotheby’s.

Kubus or Cube Armchair by Josef Hofmann

Kubus or Cube Armchair by Josef Hoffmann
Austrian furniture manufacturer Wittmann still makes it, the Kubus or Cube armchair by Josef Hoffmann. It’s one of my favorites. Another omission I’ve never featured it here. The design is from 1910.

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