If the Cubists Made a Sofa
In fact, they did! At least, Czechoslovakian architect Vlastislav Hofman did. An innovative thinker, craftsman, designer, and author, Hofman came to prominence while living and working in the Austro-Hungarian empire circa early 20th. century.
Dubbed the first to design Cubist furniture, Hoffman plied the movement’s theoretical principles to his Cubist chaise longue. Perhaps the best-known of his pieces, the longue is a miraculous eschewal of right angles, as Hofman favored oblique angles instead, as did his Cubist compatriots, Picasso among them.
The oblique angles not only impart a somewhat unsettling feeling, they also create a sense of rhythm and dynamism, linking the lounge with movement and mechanical forms and “giving rise to a new abstract form that does not resemble anything found in nature.”
Read more about Vlastislav Hofman at Modernista.