Luxury Design, Past & Present
Otto Prutscher, trained carpenter and student at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule under Josef Hoffmann, was an important architect and designer and is considered one of the most important representatives of Austrian Jugendstil. He was not only active as an artist, but also as a teacher at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna. Otto Prutscher took part in a number of exhibitions and his designs were executed by companies such as Thonet, J&J Kohn and private carpenters. Furthermore, Otto Prutscher was awarded the Austrian State Prize for Architecture in 1947.
This children's chair shows the most characteristic feature of the Thonet company, the steam-bent beech wood. The grain of the wood on the backrest, together with the rounding of the seat, emphasizes the harmonious appearance of the chair. A carved heart in the middle of the backrest loosens up the otherwise rather reduced design.