Austrian (Vienna)
about 1903
Designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian (born in Pirnitz, Moravia), 1870–1956), Manufactured by Wiener Werkstätte (1903–1932)

Object Place: Europe, Austria


91.4 x 46.4 cm (36 x 18 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oak; leather upholstery

Not On View





Oak, leather upholstery. Angular design of straight stiles rising to square back formed by inset square with two stepped borders. Slightly trapezoidal seat widening at front. Leather upholstered slip seat.

Hoffman developed a severe geometric style in his furniture productions in the early twentieth century, eschewing any reference to the current Art Nouveau style. He was much influenced by the geometric designs, elongated forms, and pierced decoration of the great Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The dominant ornamental motif used by both designers was the square. The oak of this chair has been stained black and then painted with a lime solution to reveal the grain of the wood-one of Hoffman’s most characteristic finishes.


1987, Barry Friedman, Ltd., New York; sold by Barry Friedman to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 23, 1987)

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund