About this artwork
While architect and interior designer Theophil Hansen incorporated classical elements into his furniture designs, he also embraced contemporary advances in manufacturing, including the use of steam to bend solid and laminated wood, as seen in the curved forms of this chair’s back.
Laminated bentwood furniture is most closely associated with the Viennese firm Gebrüder Thonet, the first manufacturers to produce bentwood on an industrial scale. When Thonet’s patent expired in 1869, however, others such as Hansen and Jacob and Josef Kohn (whose rocking chair is to the right) were able to experiment with new designs using the technique.
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- European Decorative Art
- Theophilus Edvard von Hansen
- Dining Chair
- Walnut and beech with modern velvet upholstery
- 89.2 × 46.4 × 61 cm (35 1/8 × 18 1/4 × 24 in.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Henry Buchbinder Fund