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  • Chair
    Riemerschmid, Richard, born 1868 - died 1957
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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (designed)
    Germany (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1905-1906 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Riemerschmid, Richard, born 1868 - died 1957 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oak and leather

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Richard Riemerschmid used this design of chair several times for different interiors. They were all for gentlemen's studies, or 'Herrenzimmer', in Munich, for example at the Thieme House (1906-6) and the Sultan House (1906). We do not know where this particular chair was originally supplied for, or who made it.

The chair shows how Riemerschmid's design ideas were developing. The construction of the chair is made very clear, especially the way in which the sides of the back drop down at an angle below the seat to form a three-sided brace with the vertical rear leg and the horizontal side stretcher, giving the chair strength. At the same time as he was designing this chair, Riemerschmid was developing furniture with components that could be manufactured by machines before being assembled by hand. The simplified shapes and decoration of this chair suggest that he may have intended these elements to be machine-made. Richard Riemerschmid is regarded as a precursor to and influence on the revolutionary ideas of the Bauhaus some fifteen years later.

Physical description

Chair made of oak with padded leather seat and back panel. Between the front legs are two stretchers while broader plank-like panels join the front legs to the back legs. The sides of the back continue down below the line of the seat to form two diagonal brackets against the vertical rear legs, terminating on the broad side stretchers. Two narrow stretchers are between the rear legs.

Place of Origin

Germany (designed)
Germany (manufactured)


1905-1906 (designed)


Riemerschmid, Richard, born 1868 - died 1957 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Oak and leather


Height: 965 mm, Width: 480 mm, Depth: 355 mm

Descriptive line

Chair, designed by Richard Riemerschmid, made about 1905-6, oak with leather uphsolstery

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Deutches Kunst und Dekoration, vol.22, 1908, p.165

Labels and date

Twentieth Century Study Gallery 103-106

Riemerschmid used this design several times for the same room type, a gentleman's study (Herrenzimmer), in the Thieme House of 1905-6 and the Sultan House of 1906, both in Munich. [1989]


Oak; Leather






Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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