High Back Chair – 1904


The High Back Chair is a chair designed in 1904 by the austrian artist, architect and designer Josef Hoffmann, was inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, which emphasized rigorous design with his linear shapes.
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The High Back Chair executed by the Wiener Werkstätte depicts one design object very simple, characterized by a high back, with strips from the smooth surface that forms linear geometries.

Highback Chair, J. Hoffmann, 1904, Museum of Modern Art
Highback Chair, J. Hoffmann, 1904, Museum of Modern Art

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This chair demonstrates a rational simplification of forms. Yet, at the same time, the grid of squares piercing the rectangular back splat, illustrate the fusion of decorative and structural elements typical of the Wiener Werkstätte.

The Wiener Werkstätte was a production community of visual artists in Vienna, Austria bringing together architects, artists and designers established in 1903 by Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser and Fritz Waerndorfer.

In this community were created a lot of everyday objects thus were elevated to an art object like the High Back Chair.

Hoffmann‘s designs embraced the beauty of geometry in pieces that feature grids and angular forms. Hoffmann considered everything he created a work of art and with the High Back Chair he brought a new level of elegance and simplicity to the domestic and built environment.

Info source: www.neuegalerie.org

Which are its dimensions?

(114.6 x 49.5 x 62.2 cm)

How is made?

The chair’s framework consists of oak, oak veneer, beech for the main part

and deerskin for the seat.

Info source: www.moma.org

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