International Decorative Art

Art Deco Lounge Chair

Art Deco Lounge Chair

Design Date 1935

Designer Wolfgang Hoffmann (1900–1969, American, b. Austria)

Manufacturer Howell Furniture Company (1860–1980), Geneva & St. Charles, IL

Media tubular chrome frame and leather upholstery

Dimensions 31 3/4 x 29 x 31 inches

Wolfgang Hoffmann is the son of Josef Hoffmann, co-founder of the Wiener Werkstätte. Wolfgang Hoffmann was a resident designer with Howell Furniture Co. from 1934 to 1942. In 1936 he was granted a patent for this design of a leather armchair with a tubular chrome frame around the exterior. Howell Furniture had been producing tubular steel frames for furniture since 1929, trademarked “Chromsteel,” but it is Hoffmann’s designs that took this innovative technique to the next level.

ON VIEW in Art Deco Gallery 6

Markings unmarked

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2004.1612