Red seat cushion with yellow squares, five wooden balls on the back of each curved arm; two vertical rows of open squares on seat back; five open vertical rectangles and five open squares beneath each arm

"Sitzmaschine" reclining armchair, model no. 670, c. 1905

Notice the frame of the chair: single pieces of beech wood have been carefully manipulated to form a continuous support. Originally designed for patients at a nursing home, this recliner can be easily adjusted by moving a rod between the circular knobs on the back arms of the chair. Hoffmann created a chair that allows both its construction and function to be visible. This Sitzmaschine (Sitting Machine) embodies the Wiener Werkstätte’s (Vienna Workshops’) emphasis on clean craftsmanship, geometric form, and material integrity.

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Title
"Sitzmaschine" reclining armchair, model no. 670
Artist Life
(born Czechoslovakia), 1870–1956
Role
Designer
Accession Number
98.276.243
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Red seat cushion with yellow squares, five wooden balls on the back of each curved arm; two vertical rows of open squares on seat back; five open vertical rectangles and five open squares beneath each arm