8 June 2020
Heritage designs the future. N. 811 – design by Joseph Hoffmann, 1930
Heritage designs the future – N. 811
The story of our heritage continues.
This week is dedicated to N.811 seat, a project by Joseph Hoffmann, that with its geometric and pure features, remains extremely contemporary.
The project is from 1930. A perfect interpreter of the era, N.811 guarantees comfort and lightness.
An extraordinary and versatile designer, Josef Hoffmann was a pupil of the great architect Otto Wagner, to whom we owe the Austrian Postal Savings Bank (Österreichische Postsparkasse). Hoffmann attended the Staatsgewerbeschule in Brno and in 1892 moved to Vienna to complete his training at the Academy of Fine Arts, where he met Wagner.
In 1898, he became one of the founders of the Viennese Secession, and later of the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop) together with Joseph Maria Olbrich. In 1912, he founded the Österreichischer Werkbund (Austrian artists organisation), which in 1920 became the Austrian section of the Deutscher Werkbund, an association of architects, critics, and entrepreneurs, founded in Germany in 1907. This association contributed to the rejuvenation of architectural culture, investigating the relationship between design and industry in the new perspective of mass production that was emerging in those years.
An integral part of our historical catalogue, N.811 is distinguished by its construction in solid steam-bent beech wood. It is available in three versions: seat and back in woven cane, upholstered seat and back in woven cane, upholstered seat and back. Along with the chair, the barstool in the same design.
Discover all the versions here.
To be continued.