From home to public settings.
Wittmann’s expertise in the production of bespoke sofas, chairs, beds and finding tables, has earned the company a strong standing as a contract furnishings partner. Furnishing public and semi-public spaces places great demands on furniture in terms of its finish and robustness, with hand craftsmanship, timeless design and unparalleled quality among the most commonly cited criteria.
Artisans and contract professionals.
Thanks to its seasoned contract specialists, Wittmann sets new standards in development, consulting and manufacturing, giving its customers access to a full range of specially tailored planning and production options at competitive conditions. Recent years have seen project developers, architects and planners pay increasing attention to interiors, and demand high-quality, hand-finished furniture is increasing all the time – particularly from the hotel and restaurant industries.
Bespoke, flexible and service-oriented.
The company is able to meet all of the requirements characteristically associated with non-domestic projects. From selecting the right materials out of the wealth of wood, textile and leather options available and meeting the various fire safety regulations in force in different markets to offering a matchless depth of production expertise, Wittmann is ideally placed to fulfill orders with quick turnaround times – a vital asset for customers, particularly in the contract business. Far more than six decades Wittmann has produced high-quality beds and upholstered furnishings for home and office settings at its workshops in Austria. Today it is represented in more than 40 nations worldwide.
with Jean Nouvel
The thinking architect
Jean Nouvel is often defined by his major works, including the Institut du Monde Arab in Paris. Opéra Nouvel in Lyon, Foundation Cartier in Paris, Dentsu Tower in Tokyo, Torre Agbar in Barcelona, Musée du Quai Branly in Paris and the Copenhagen Concert Hall. Their only similarity being that they are all totally different, because Nouvel always gives preference to the local context over anodyne globalism.
Jean Nouvel does not see himself as a designer, preferring to call himself "an architect who designs". A remarkable example of his work is the furniture series Vienna shich he designed for Wittmann. It sits in a room with haughty self-assurance, and the attention to detail bears witness to the uncompromising commitment to quality of Wittmann Möbelwerkstätten.
Authentic architecture only suitable for a specific place.
Nouvel takes geographical, historical and cultural conditions as the starting point for developing authentic architecture that can only exist in one specific place and is therefore unique.
Objects must be able to hold their own in different settings.
Jean Nouvel's double role as an architect and designer of extraordinary objects is by no menas a contraciction.
An expression of the elemental, the essence of function, simplicity.
A common feature of his designs is a focus on elemental - they spring from a search for the essence of function, and for simplicity. The Vienna series is a classic example of this quest for iconic, deceptively simple furniture. Far from vying for the limelight, these pieces have an independent icongraphic language of their own, yet they are closely related with the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom for which they were originally conceived.
With its precise formal language, Vienna has become accepted in the private sphere too.
The series Vienna, with its precise formal language, has become accepted not only in the object segment, but also in the private sphere, since it is based on a modular format hat adapts to any requirements. It allows for countless combinations of individual elements. One can choose between narrow or broad armrests, a seat depth that is perfect for a chaise longue combination, and various seat widths for armchair or sofa arrangements. This is what makes Vienna unique