A Pair of Black Lacquered Bentwood Armchairs
by J & J Kohn, Circa 1910
Description:A pair of bentwood armchairs designed by J & J Kohn, Austria, circa 1910 and made by their factory in Czechoslovakia around the same date.
The overall form of the chairs is evidently sculptural but less obvious is how this is achieved. Each element within the overall form of the chairs is also sculpted. Namely, every section of wood used is tapered. The armrests taper (from the precise thickness of the lacquered sections at the front of the seat to the approximate slimness of the brace supports), the arch that creates the backrest tapers, each leg tapers and most obviously and invitingly, the seat tapers.
In keeping with the marriage of different shapes within each piece of timber the chair has been newly upholstered in green silk velvet which brilliantly contrasts with the black lacquered frame.
As well as being visually exciting, the elements mentioned above equally result in the chair being very comfortable.
Maker’s mark applied via branding iron on the underside of each chair.
Width: 61 cm
Depth: 60 cm
Height: 91 cm
Seat Height: 47 cm
Materials: beech, silk velvet
Date of Design: C.1910
Date Of Manufacture: C.1910
Place of Origin: Czechoslovakia
Workshop: J & J Kohn