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Kubus Armchair by Josef Hoffmann: Geometric Style and Comfort

Between the creations in furniture design the kubus armachair by josef Hoffmann in one of the most famous and successful: the Austrian designer and architect succeeded in to report the realization of the design objects his unique concept of style. The Josef Hoffmann’s style was mostly inspired by the geometrical form and lines: particularly the cube form returns in many works of the Austrian designer and also in the set of furniture objects named “Kubus” from the unique cube shape).

Josef Hoffmann’s work was of great influence to modernist architects and this specific chair was reportedly the initial source of inspiration for the now famous le corbusier LC2 and LC3 chairs created back in 1928 for villa church that appeared at the salon d’automne in 1929. corbusier literally took the kubus chair and turned it inside out, bringing the structure of the armchair hidden under the surface material and placing it on the outer edge.

In 1897, he founds, alongside Joseph-Maria Olbrich, Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser, the Wiener Secession before leaving the movement and founding, in 1905, the Wiener Werkstatte still with Koloman Moser. Highly influenced by the Arts & Crafts style, Japanese aesthetic and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, he privileges radical functional and abstract creations that place his work as a central bridge between Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Fifty years in the field of design saw the conditions and nature of his work change profoundly but, fundamentally, Hoffmann’s approach remained the same while simultaneously mirroring the stylistic changes taken place in the field.

And with the kubus armchair Josef Hoffmann marked the progressive detachment from the design of the previous artistic movements of Europe (like Art Noveau), with the opposition of a theoretical rejection at too much gorgeous and rich lines, molded with floral motifs and showy decorations. Instead Josef Hoffmann headed to a design and an architectonic style bound to essentiality of forms and functionality of objects.

The kubus armchair by Josef Hoffmann is a perfect example of hoffmann’s strict geometrical lines and the quadratic theme in this iconic and historic armchair. Designed back in 1910, it was presented at the international exhibition held in buenos aires on the centennial of argentinean independence known as the may revolution

With the kubus armachair by Josef Hoffmann the Austrian designer made an object that contains the signs of a brand new style: lines are geometrical, plain and simple, and there is no space for useless trappings (these trapping burden the armchair but don’t bring any practical benefits). You can find the high level production of this armchair in the solid wooden framework (that gives a safe and durable support) and in the soft cushion padding, and the comfortable seat and backrest.

Sitting in the kubus armachair by Josef Hoffmann means accommodate in a comfortable hug, for the space and for the seat.

Working this way Josef Hoffmann made the kubus armchair not only a beautiful object but also a useful and comfortable chair: if you choose the kubus armchair for your home or office, you will find a relaxing chair and at the same time an object that made the history of design furniture

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