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Kubus Sofa: The Style Of Cubic Form

The kubus sofa by Josef Hoffman is one classic piece of the modern design in furniture. Because the kubus sofa by Josef Hoffman represents a very important moment of transition for the European art movements: at the beginning of the last century the European art movements started a slow but unrelenting detachment from Art Noveau and its styles and classicisms.

Until that moment the Art Noveau controlled the architecture and the design. Since that moment on the European art movements approached quickly to Art Decò and mostly to Modern Movement, that mastered the first half of the century.

And the kubus sofa by Josef Hoffman was created in this moment of passage, like all the Austrian architect and designer style. Indeed this model of sofa does not follow the classic styles, but showed a strong recall to geometric lines and cubic shape. Just the cubic shape has become one of the principal characteristic of the Josef Hoffmas’ style.

Born in Pirnitz, Moravia (now Brtnice, the Czech Republic), Josef Hoffmann studied architecture at the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he was fortunate enough to be schooled by Otto Wagner – the world-famous architect who introduced Hoffmann to functional, modern design theories. Upon graduating, Hoffmann won the Rome Prize and a year later joined Wagner’s office in 1896, before forming his own office three years later.

Arguably one of Hoffmann’s greatest contributions to design was to co-found the Vienna Secession in 1903: a community of artists and architects committed to creating architecture, art and textiles that were accessible to the masses. The group championed abstract and functional design over the prevailing conservative, historical influences of the time, and designed buildings as complete works of art, with architecture and furniture working in harmony.

Josef Hoffmann showed huge versatility throughout his career, from the Art Deco-style quirkiness of his earlier works to the trademark geometric lines and functional clarity of his later designs.

Although Hoffmann’s Art Nouveau-style pieces are now highly sought-after antiques, he is best remembered for the grids and squares that became a signature feature of his furniture ranges and a true mark of his individuality as a designer. Josef Hoffmann’s later, more abstract pieces helped inspire designers of the Modern Movement, and brought a purity to furniture design that demonstrated both his originality and vision.

With the kubus sofa Josef Hoffman went away from the opulent and fancy lines. The kubus coach is a solid sofa, featured by a solid wood frame and a comfortable padding. This couch is not uncomfortable or bald: but this model does not give any useless space to decoration. The séance is large and comfortable, with the comfortable padding, the comfortable pillows and the leather coating. The high armrests allow to comfortable lean on the couch. And all these features respect the most important concept by the Modern Movent, the objects functionality.

And the kubus sofa by Josef Hoffman fully respects the function it was made for: to offer a séance large and comfortable, like all the couches. This happens without losing elegance and style, but building a unique style in the modern design, with the peculiar lines and the repeat of the cubic shape. A style that is yet current and elegant, a century after its birth.

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