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Design: Hermann Höger (1891-1948), Execution: Ludwig Kunstmann1925Hamburgoak and velour116 x 68 x 61 cm

This armchair is part of a unique set of commissioned Expressionist furniture made in 1925 by the architect Hermann Höger, brother of Fritz Höger, the famous architect of the Chile-House. Only a few examples of Expressionist craftwork survive to this day. At the time, the simple form promoted by Bauhaus predominated furniture design. In terms of a formal aesthetic, the armchair and a matching wedding chest reference late Medieval furniture. Expressionism was characterised by a romantic nostalgia for the Middle Ages and the related notion of communal handwork. The notion of the Medieval workshop as an had initially been one of the founding ideas ideologies of Bauhaus.