Set of Eight No. 811 Chairs
by Josef Hoffmann
A vintage set of eight Model 811 chairs designed by Austrian architect Josef Hoffman in the mid- to late-1920s. The chair was featured on the front cover of Thonet-Mundus’ catalogue (Nr. 3404) of 1934. A version of the 811 without arms also appeared on the cover of Gebrüder Thonet's catalogue (Nr. 3208) of 1932. All chairs in this set were most probably made in former Czechoslovakia by Thonet, circa 1950, and have always been together.
Each chair has been fully yet sympathetically restored. The black lacquer has been reinvigorated with black wax and boasts great depth. The seats and both sides of the backrests have been newly upholstered in a robust and textured natural material woven with a small geometric pattern -a fabric choice intended to nod towards Hoffmann’s own fabric designs.
The predominant colours in the material are fern-green and ivory-white. The French Natural upholstery pins highlight the subtle brown hues in the aforementioned colours. However, the contrast between the black lustre of the lacquer and naturally coloured fabric allows the design to speak clearly of its form and materials and so results in a chair with great integrity.
Specifications:Width: 52 cm
Height: 82 cm
Depth : 52.5 cm
Seat Height: 47 cm
Materials: beech, cotton, brass
Date of Design: C.1925
Date Of Manufacture: C.1950
Place of Origin: Former Czechoslovakia
Designer: Josef Hoffman