4 Josef Hoffmann Armchairs at Sotheby’s

4 Josef Hoffmann Armchairs at Sotheby’s

4 Joseph Hoffmann Armchairs at Sotheby’s

manufactured by J. & J. Kohn, Austria

ca. 1909

each with firm’s paper label

ebonized bentwood and original leather upholstery

Via Sotheby’s

A Hoffmann Sitzmachine at Christie’s NYC


On June 13, 2008 on auction. A Hoffmann Sitzmachine, one of my favorites:

The Lotfinder sez:

JOSEF HOFFMANN (1870-1956)
‘Sitzmaschine’ A Stained Beech and Bentwood Adjustable Armchair, designed circa 1908
model no. 670, with hinged adjustable back, manufactured by Jacob & Josef Kohn
approximately 40½ in. (103 cm.) high
Lot Notes

cf. D. Ostergard, Bent Wood and Metal Furniture: 1850-1946, New York, 1987, p. 258 for an illustration of this chair model.
C. and P. Feill, 1000 Chairs, Cologne, 1997, p. 129 for another illustration of this model.

Estimated at $12,000 – $18,000 Realized $23,750.

Martino Gamper: 100 chairs in 100 days in 100 ways, part 2: Walking Chair

Walking Chair Poster

Through Viennese Gallery Walking Chair I got acquainted with Martino Gamper first.

Martino Gamper as Host
Martino Camper here as a Chef in one of his recent ventures

Italian born Martino Gamper is an artist and chair maker. He studied in Vienna and is located in East London.

Martino Gamper, Best Chair Alchemist
Martino Gamper, Best Chair Alchemist

He is a real Chair-O-Holic who doesn’t only collect photos of chairs like me, but also collects real chairs and then does something with his collection.

With his project 100 chairs in 100 days in 100 ways he produced one chair per day giving old chairs he had collected a new twist.

Here are some photos I was able to collect from the Walking Chair exhibition in Vienna:

Martino Gamper Walking Chair 01

The Bottom is made from an ‘Arnold Circus’ Stool. The Arnold Circus stool was designed by Gamper in 2006 for The Friends of Arnold Circus, a regeneration project in Shoreditch, East London.

Martino Gamper Walking Chair 08

This one bears some distant resemblance with Joseph Hoffman’s Sits Machine. Aptly shown in Vienna.

Chair by Josef Hoffmann

Chair by Josef Hoffmann

Hoffmann, Josef (1870-1956)

Sale Title MODERN DESIGN Location London, South Kensington Sale Date Mar 04, 2008 Lot Number 0189 Sale Number 5337


Estimate 800 – 1,200 British pounds

designed 1905 for J. & J. Kohn, painted bent and stained wood with leather upholstery 91cm. high

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