Kubus designer Josef Hoffmann was born in Austria in 1870. At the age of 17 Josef Hoffmann started studying classic architecture in Brunn. From there he studied architecture under Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer at the Academy of Fine arts in Vienna. At that time, von Hasenauer was one of Europe's most popular architects. After von Hasenauer's death, Otto Wagner, Europe's most famous 19th century architect took over the class. Josef Hoffmann went onto work for Wagner later in his career. Two of Hoffmann's enduring furniture designs, the Hoffmann Kubus and Hoffmann Velvet Chair, have gone onto to be very popular into the 21st century.
The Josef Hoffmann Kubus Armchair was presented at the International Exhibition held in Buenos Aires in 1910 on the centennial of Argentinean Independence known as la Revolution de Mayo. Josef Hoffmann had a preference for geometric composition based on the square that was later attributed his own formal language called "Quadratstil." This language was evident in everything Josef Hoffmann created both architecturally as well as his innovative furniture designs. The Kubus design includes the derivations of the loveseat and three seat sofas, as you see here.
Made in Italy.
Dimensions: H 28 1/4" D 30 1/4" W 88 1/4"; SH 16"
Materials: Upholstered three seat sofa with black and silver painted wood legs. Hardwood frame covered in expanded foam. Cushions in foam. Covered in stitched leather squares.
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