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Elda Armchair
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Elda Armchair

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With its bulbous fiberglass shell and plush leather cushions, the Elda chair looks as if it belongs on a big-budget 1970s-era film set. That’s just where you’ll find it — the piece made its feature-film debut in the 1977 James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me. The chair was created by Cesare "Joe" Colombo (1930–71), an Italian artist-turned-industrial-designer known for his retro-futuristic works. Colombo started his career as an artist, studying painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan before he went on to study architecture at the Polytechnic University. Throughout the 1950s, Colombo found a home within the Abstract Expressionist movement, creating paintings and sculptures that were exhibited throughout Europe.

Colombo’s focus shifted to design when he took over his family business, an electrical appliance manufacturing company, where he experimented with industrial production techniques. In 1962, he opened his own architecture and design firm. With a focus on futuristic living systems inspired by the technological advances of the space race, Colombo created everything from air-conditioning units to dinnerware to furniture, most famously the 1963 Elda chair.

Named after Colombo’s wife, the Elda chair was designed to wholly surround its sitter, as if it were hugging them. The designer envisioned the chair to be a place of comfort in the home from which you could use digital technology to connect with the world — as it turns out, Colombo had impressive foresight. A year following his death, Colombo’s design work was included in the 1972 exhibition “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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Elda Chair by Joe Colombo for Comfort, Italy, 1963
By Comfort, Italy, Joe Colombo
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Iconic Elda swivel lounge chair by Joe Colombo for Comfort, Italy – circa 1960. The leather has tears and wear. The fiberglass is in very good condition. The ‘Elda’ chair is one ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

Joe Colombo Swivel "Elda" Italian Lounge Chair
By Comfort, Italy, Joe Colombo
Located in Vienna, AT
Lounge chair designed by Joe Colombo (1930-1971) in 1963 model "Elda"for Comfort. Made of fiberglass structure reupholstered with ivory Dedar bouclé fabric which make it very unique....
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Bouclé, Fiberglass

Elda Lounge Chair by Joe Colombo for Comfort Italy 1970s
By Comfort, Italy, Joe Colombo
Located in ABCOUDE, UT
Iconic design chair by top designer Joe Colombo. The Elda chairs were produced by Comfort Italy from the early 60s. The rotating black fibreglass shell gives the chair a clean look a...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

Elda Chair by Joe Colombo for comfort, Italy
By Joe Colombo
Located in Herzele, BE
Elda lounge chair designed by Joe Colombo for Comfort in 1963. Joe Colombo named the chair after his wife. The Elda chair was the first chair with a fully self- supporting fibergla...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

Mid-Century Modern "Elda" Lounge Chair by Joe Colombo for Comfort
By Joe Colombo
Located in Brussels , BE
Mid-Century Modern "Elda" lounge chair by Joe Colombo for Comfort - brown leather
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Elda Lounge Chair Joe Colombo
By Joe Colombo
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Elda in white leather and white fiberglass structure The lounge chair is in good original condition Leather is still soft but wear some patina with different color on the cushi...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Organic Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

Elda Lounge Chair by Joe Colombo, 1963
By Joe Colombo
Located in Stamford, CT
A Joe Colombo "Elda" lounge chair completely redone in new silvered grey leather.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather

Elda Lounge Chairs by Joe Colombo, Comfort Italy
By Joe Colombo
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Elda lounge chair Designed by Joe Colombo in 1963 for Comfort , Italy. Rotating fibreglass shell with leather covered cushions. Wonderful ORIGINAL edition lounge chair! Black leathe...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

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