This chair by josef hoffmann and Koloman Moser was, was designed for th lobby of the purkersdorf sanatorium an elegant spa-like resort on the out strikes of Vienna designed by Hoffman and the Wiener Werkstatte. The Purkersdrof an almost perfect cube is the ideal complement to the strong rectilinear quality of the building. The use of black and white and the geometric motif also enhances the sense of oerder and calm that one might expect from a visit to a sanatorium. The chair’s strong, underlying geometry suggests rationalism and an encouragement of contemplation while the use of the white also reflects the contemporary fascination with new ideas about hygien.
The Josef Hoffman Foundation has granted the sole rights to Franz wittmannMobelwerkstatten to reproduce his furniture and the purkersdorf has been reproduced since 1973. Both Moser and Hoffman were members of the vienna secession a group opposed to the excessive ornamentation of the time. The austere architecture of the sanatorium contracts with an interior of adomment and detail such as the checkerboard pattern used for the seat representing a departure from the overly decorative styles of Art Nouveau and the Victorian era.