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Joe Colombo 'Elda' Midcentury Italian Armchair

$9,168.13

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Rare 'Elda' armchair by Joe Colombo. circa 1970s, Italy. Leather cushions over a fiberglass frame. It rotates on a swivel. The chair was created by Cesare "Joe" Colombo (1930-1971), an Italian artist-turned-Industrial-designer known for his retro-futuristic works. In very good condition with the occasional mark and small evidence of wear to the leather. The piece made its feature-film debut in the 1977 James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me and remained a design Classic ever since. Dimensions: 92 D x 96 W x 105total height in cm, seat height of 40 cm.

Details

  • Creator
    Joe Colombo (Designer)
  • Design
    Elda Armchair
  • Dimensions
    Height: 41.34 in. (105 cm)Width: 37.8 in. (96 cm)Depth: 36.23 in. (92 cm)Seat Height: 15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Surbiton, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4943220620752

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About the Design

Elda Armchair

Designed by Joe Colombo
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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