Josef Hoffmann chairs

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Josef Hoffmann chairs

Postby davidheim1 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:41 pm

josef hoffman 811 chair.png
Been working on this model off and on for a few days. It's the No. 811 chair by Josef Hoffmann, a very influential Viennese designer from the Arts & Crafts period. He designed this chair in 1930. The original, made in beech by Thonet, is still in production.
The hardest part of the model was creating a curved face for the cane seatback. For some reason, I couldn't get any of my lofting plugins to work, so I had to stitch the face together by hand.
Enjoy.
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Re: Josef Hoffmann chairs

Postby Dave R » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:32 pm

Very nice. I like.

When I'm working on curved surfaces like the back on that chair, I find the various lofting extensions do a better job if I split it down the middle and only loft half. Then copy and flip. You want to make sure that the shape doesn't leave a sharp ridge at the center line, though.
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Re: Josef Hoffmann chairs

Postby tuna1957 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:30 pm

Bravo ! :thumb:
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Re: Josef Hoffmann chairs

Postby davidheim1 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:54 pm

Good advice, Dave. Thanks. And thanks for the compliment, tuna.
Best,
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Re: Josef Hoffmann chairs

Postby CJRyan » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:37 am

Very nice! Very clean. I'm going to go out on a limb here, I assume the caning is a texture?
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Re: Josef Hoffmann chairs

Postby davidheim1 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:23 pm

Thanks, cj.
Yes, the caning is a texture. A technique I picked up from Dave Richards (who will correct me if I get something wrong). Here's the basic idea: Find an image of a cane seat that you like and save it as a .png file. This allows you to make the background transparent. Save one little section of the image. In an image editing program like Photoshop, remove the background. Now you can import the image into SketchUp as a texture. Position the texture as needed so the cane fills the space and looks to be the correct size.
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Re: Josef Hoffmann chairs

Postby Dave R » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:43 pm

I did that on another Josef Hoffman piece. ;)

I like the color of your caning better, though.
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