Luxury Design, Past & Present
Side Table Austrian Jugendstil designed by Josef Hoffmann circa 1910 Bentwood Stained Beech manufactured by J & J Kohn
In the first two decades of the 20th century, especially in the turmoil of World War I, many architects adopted a vernacular style. The Viennese Artists on the other hand, held on to the modern, international Jugendstil. For Alexander Pazzani’s hunting lodge in Lower Austria, built in 1909-10, Josef Hoffmann chose an interesting mixture of strict Viennese Art Nouveau combined with vernacular elements. With certain accents, such as the tiled stove or the turned posts of the four-poster bed, Hoffmann created a rural flair. He counterbalanced it with modern highlights, such as the side table, which he placed next to the bed. In this piece of furniture, Hoffmann took his inspiration from his iconic designs for the Cabaret Fledermaus.
The table is made of bentwood by J. & J. Kohn and impresses with its simple elegance. As a striking decorative element, Hoffmann chose the oversized spheres, which are so typical for his furniture designs. The mahogany stained wood underlines the design and emphasizes the beauty of the material.
Depicted in: Jacob & Josef Kohn, Bugholzmöbel. Der Katalog von 1916, reprint of the original catalogue, Dry Editions, Munich 1985, p. 69.