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Published by Sugar & Cream, Tuesday 16 January 2024

Text and images courtesy of Wittmann

Philippe Nigro, Federica Biasi, Sebastian Herkner, Alice Wittmann

Sophisticated, extraordinary and elegant: Wittmann’s Novelties Spring 2024 are all about these characteristics. First collaborations with designers Philippe Nigro and Federica Biasi bring forth creations of subtle excellence and stylish comfort. A timeless and versatile classic from Wittmann Workshop is being revived and Sebastian Herkner is adding a perfectly crafted compact armchair version to his successful dining chair design. Typically for the Austrian manufactory, the spring 2024 products stand for the combination of distinctive design with masterful craftsmanship, executed in the highest quality.

“Wittmann is a brand that expresses a degree of poetry while conveying an opulent and austere, yet modern, comfortable and warm aesthetic. JOSEPH references a certain formal rigour as well as the clean lines that can be found in the brand’s collections and its history.”-
Philippe Nigro

The club armchair is an exciting category that has a fixed place in the history of furnishing. Today, the club chair is ideally no longer a massive, immovable monument, but adapts to its surroundings in terms of style, volume and function. Philippe Nigro and Wittmann have achieved this with JOSEPH.

The designer sought a dialog between the traditional feature of the quilted cover and an inviting, flat surface: the soft, smoothly upholstered seat and backrest are protectively enclosed by an upholstered shaped shell, which also forms the armrests. The gridded quilting was created in the style of Secession goldsmith objects and is both decorative and proportional.

“The art of simplification is anything but simple.” – Federica Biasi

There is scarcely a more relaxing way of sitting than embracing the low-tempo, laid back motion of a swivel chair. BUN not only features the wonderful attribute of a swivel base, it also ties together the skills of designer and manufacturer in a charming and inspirational way. The result is a manifesto for Federica Biasi’s design signature and one of Wittmann‘s most important areas of expertise: the eminently comfortable lounge chair.

Federica Biasi has infused her upholstered BUN with a characteristic yet casual form: understated, but certainly not inconspicuous. A certain laid-back, sporty air makes BUN incredibly inviting, and its balanced proportions lend the lounge chair to virtually any situation.

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“Designed in the 1970s as a modular living ensemble based on cubic forms, ATRIUM is also a perfect stylistic fit for the feel-good concepts of the 21st century: high-quality materials in a sophisticated build-up on the inside combined with a casual, soft and inviting outside.” – Alice Wittmann

Even decades down the line, some designs still exert the same contemporary allure that they did when they first appeared. ATRIUM, a Wittmann Workshop masterpiece created back in 1971, is one of those concepts that demonstrates this kind of enduring relevance. Today, both living habits and the (in many cases reduced) amount of room available in urban living spaces tend to call for practical yet distinguished furniture solutions. Reason enough, then, for Wittmann to invite the eminently likeable ATRIUM back into the limelight. As a modular piece, ATRIUM can be transformed into a high-quality bed in just a few simple steps.

“With the MORTON Compact Armchair, we have created a family extension of this distinctive piece. Design as an embracing statement, resting on unique Wittmann comfort.”
– Sebastian Herkner

As a category, small armchairs have an important role to play in every interior: in spacious and compact rooms, as a seating group, as stand-alone pieces, as a faithful companion to modular furniture, as a favourite place to sit. Sebastian Herkner’s beautifully proportioned compact armchair version of his MORTON Chair, which was presented last year, demonstrates its advantages in all areas of living and working. The eye-catching shape of the armchair, the optional play with upholstery materials and the high level of seating comfort are also perfectly fitted for a use aside from the dining table.

“Wittmann engages in a dialogue with the past while looking to the future. This capacity is inspiring.” –
Philippe Nigro

In many respects, the classic dining table is probably the simplest, yet at the same time the most sophisticated piece of furniture of all. Through elegant minimalism, ADÈLE succeeds in giving the natural form an distinctive personality through a design with a strong character. At the same time, a functional product has been created with the potential to become an enduring focal point for social interaction.

Design details implemented in the most sophisticated carpentry work ensure the strong character of the table: the inwardly sloping frame is adorned with a frieze of individually milled notches. With ADÈLE, Philippe Nigro approaches Wittmann‘s design history and harmonizes a certain formal austerity with the masterful processing of the highest quality materials by rediscovering the ornament as a stylistic element of Austrian design history.

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