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Dining Chair, from the Purkersdorf Sanatorium Dining Chair, 1904–1905

This is a dining chair. It was designed by Josef Hoffmann and manufactured by J & J Kohn and made for Purkersdorf Sanatorium, Vienna. We acquired it in 1968. Its medium is beechwood, leather, metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Hoffmann worked from the principle of unity in architecture, interior decoration, and furniture. The circular cutouts in the chair back and the wood balls in the crook of the legs relate to circles in textiles and wallcoverings. The round holes also provide ventilation and make the chair light enough to be moved easily.

  • Leather, ca. 1700
  • leather, stamped, embossed, silvered, varnished.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Thomas Snell.
  • 1903-21-3

Our curators have highlighted 15 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Chair (Netherlands), ca. 1902
  • mahogany, rosewood, ebony, upholstery.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1994-67-12

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Dining Chair, from the Purkersdorf Sanatorium Dining Chair, 1904–1905; Designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, b. Moravia, 1870–1956); Austria; beechwood, leather, metal; 1968-6-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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