Otto Wagner Beechwood Arm Chair
Otto Wagner, teacher of Josef Hoffmann, in his middle years turned away from the style in which he had been trained and focused his considerable gifts on a purer modernity of design. With his peers in the Vienna Secession, Wagner felt that “modern forms must correspond to new materials, contemporary needs, if they are to be found suitable for mankind today.” Wagner and his contemporaries espoused Gesamtkunstwerk, or a holistic approach to the creation of an environment. When he designed a building such as the Postsparkasse, he did so to the last doorknob, stool, and carpet. It is a testament to the success of his aesthetic that a piece of his furniture can be removed from its original environment to a more eclectic interior without losing any of its presence. This chair has been recently reupholstered in leather. The beechwood has a lovely patina.
Retains the original stamps of the manufacturer: J & J Kohn, Teschen Austria and the paper label, VIENNA AUSTRIA, as well as the label of the retailer: Frederick Loeser & Co, Brooklyn.