Armchair 721, Otto Wagner, J & J Kohn, Austria, c. 1905
A slight varient on the chairs that Otto Wagner designed for the ‘Postal Office Savings Bank Building’ in Vienna, Austria (1904-06) – made by J & J Kohn. There is dispute over whether the design was copied from a similar chair by Gustav Siegel… there is certainly no doubt that there was a strong influence and a bouncing of ideas between the designers in Austria during this time.
This chair exemplifies the proto-modernist ideas of the Vienna Secessionist movement – elegant and purposeful.
The wear and age you’d expect, some splitting on the bends in the arms – just so happens that there is a knot in the wood on the inside of the bend. The chair could do with a refinishing.
Scan taken from ‘Otto Wagner. Board room, Österreichishe Postsparkasse Vienna, 1904-1906’ in Bentwood and Metal Furniture: 1850-1946, edited by Derek E. Ostergard, The American Foundation of Arts, 1987, p. 105
H 780 x W 560 x D 560 mm