Josef HOFFMANN Buenos Aires

 so-called Buenos Aires suite

designed by: Josef Hoffmann, Vienna, around 1907

executed by: J. & J. Kohn, model no. 675/C, F, S

bent beech and plywood, dyed to rose wood and polished, decorative brass nails, reupholstered in blue leather, surface restored, excellent condition

settee: H 76.5 cm, SH 42 cm, W 136 cm, D 72 cm

armchairs: H 77 cm, SH 42 cm, W 76 cm, D 72 cm

In 1910, J. & J. Kohn showed this suite designed by Josef Hoffmann at the exhibition in Buenos Aires from which it got its name. Numerous lamps and objects made by Wiener Werkstätte were also presented at this exhibition. Thus it was only natural that Josef Hoffmann, who had already been hired by J. & J. Kohn to design a whole house for the 1908 Kunstschau, would also be given responsibility for the conception of the Buenos Aires exhibition, where he would show many pieces of furniture designed by himself.

 

ref.: Das Interieur, XII, 1911, plate 31; G. Renzi, Il mobile moderno, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Jacob & Josef Kohn, Milan, 2008, pp. 172 f