Luxury Design, Past & Present
This striking stool, executed in bentwood, is part of the furniture set with model number 412 and was produced from 1902 by Jacob & Josef Kohn. The design for the set originated from Otto Wagner's atelier, with the use of some design elements, such as brass shoes, bearing the signature of his colleague Gustav Siegel.
Obviously, Wagner liked the attractive shape of the stool. He used this model to furnish the dispatch room (Depeschensaal) of the “Zeit” in Vienna. For this purpose, he modified the original design and provided the lateral armrests with aluminium fittings (cf. Ottillinger, p.36).
The elegantly curved armrests of our model show how Otto Wagner uses the technical possibilities of bentwood to make the piece of furniture both functional and elegant. Brass rods and brass feet on the legs are by no means merely decorative stylistic elements, but - in keeping with Otto Wagner's postulate - fulfil a function as a matter of course.
Bib.: Giovanni Renzi, „Il mobile moderno“, Silvana Editoriale Spa, Milano 2008, p. 48, 42
Comp. depiction of the stool for the „Depeschensaal der Zeit“ in Eva B. Ottillinger (ed.), „Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos und das Möbeldesign der Wiener Moderne“, catalogue Hofmobiliendepot Wien, Böhlau, Vienna 2018, p. 36.