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1967, Joe Colombo, Universale Plastic Chair, Type 4867, Seven Pieces in Black


Set of seven Kartel plastic chairs in black. Traces of wear like scratches (see picture #8). One of the plastic legs will fall off when the chair when you lift the chair, but can still be used for sitting and one of the legs has a crack on top, but can also still be used. Measure: Weight is 3.5 kg a piece. Price for seven pieces is mentioned transport price; price for set of two is about € 90 for the USA The chairs can be stacked by three, but with more pieces when the legs are taken off (see picture #2). For transport purpose the chairs can be packed by three with dimensions of 90 cm H x 42 W x60 cm D Free shipping for Amsterdam, Haarlem and IJmuiden for lamps, chairs, small items as tables and office desks, small not too heavy couches. Rest of Holland €133, for European destinations starting at € 95, depending on the item and country of your selection. Further on discounted shipping to all intercontinental destinations starting at €125, depending on the item and country or state of your selection. We offer a variety of restoration and shipping services, high service white glove shipping, parcel shipping and store-to-door shipping, suitable for all your preferences. Our specialized shipping department can inform you about all the details, ask us for the customized possibilities and very competitive pricing. References: Organic modern, Space Age, Midcentury Design, Postwar, Sixties, Seventies, 60s, 70s, 60’s, 70’s, Verner Panton, Joe Colombo, Pierre Paulin, Osvaldo Borsani, Eero Saarinen, Eero Aarnio, Alvar Aalto, Alessandro Mendini, Gruppo 55, Studio Most, Artifort, Rosenthal, Fritz Hanssen, Ligne Roset, Goed Wonen, Pop Art.  


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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 27.96 in. x W 16.54 in. x D 18.51 in.

    H 71 cm x W 42 cm x D 47 cm

  • Seller location
    Amsterdam, NL
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About Kartell (Manufacturer)

The Italian design giant Kartell transformed plastic from the stuff of humble household goods into a staple of luxury design in the 1960s. Founded in Milan by Italian chemical engineer Giulio Castelli (1920–2006) and his wife Anna Ferrieri (1918–2006), Kartell began as an industrial design firm, producing useful items like ski racks for automobiles and laboratory equipment designed to replace breakable glass with sturdy plastic. Even as companies like Olivetti and Vespa were making Italian design popular in the 1950s, typewriters and scooters were relatively costly, and Castelli and Ferrieri wanted to provide Italian consumers with affordable, stylish goods.

They launched a housewares division of Kartell in 1953, making lighting fixtures and kitchen tools and accessories from colorful molded plastic. Consumers in the postwar era were initially skeptical of plastic goods, but their affordability and infinite range of styles and hues eventually won devotees. Tupperware parties in the United States made plastic storage containers ubiquitous in postwar homes, and Kartell’s ingenious designs for juicers, dustpans, and dish racks conquered Europe. Kartell designer Gino Colombini was responsible for many of these early products, and his design for the KS 1146 Bucket won the Compasso d’Oro prize in 1955.

Buoyed by its success in the home goods market, Kartell introduced its Habitat division in 1963. Designers Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper created the K1340 (later called the K 4999) children’s chair that year, and families enjoyed their bright colors and light weight, which made them easy for kids to pick up and move. In 1965, Joe Colombo (1924–78) created one of Kartell’s few pieces of non-plastic furniture, the 4801 chair, which sits low to the ground and comprised of just three curved pieces of plywood. (In 2012, Kartell reissued the chair in plastic.) Colombo followed up on the success of the 4801 with the iconic 4867 Universal Chair in 1967, which, like Verner Panton’s S chair, is made from a single piece of plastic. The colorful, stackable injection-molded chair was an instant classic. That same year, Kartell introduced Colombo’s KD27 table lamp. Ferrierei’s cylindrical 4966 Componibili storage module debuted in 1969.

Kartell achieved international recognition for its innovative work in 1972, when a landmark exhibition curated by Emilio Ambasz called “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” opened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. That show introduced American audiences to the work of designers such as Gaetano Pesce; Ettore Sottsass, founder of the Memphis Group; and the firms Archizoom and Superstudio — all of whom were using wit, humor and unorthodox materials to create a bracingly original interior aesthetic.

Castelli and Ferrieri sold Kartell to Claudio Luti, their son-in-law, in 1988, and since then, Luti has expanded the company’s roster of designers. Kartell produced Ron Arad’s Bookworm wall shelf in 1994, and Philippe Starck’s La Marie chair in 1998. More recently, Kartell has collaborated with the Japanese collective Nendo, Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola and glass designer Tokujin Yoshioka, among many others. Kartell classics can be found in museums around the world, including MoMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. In 1999, Claudio Luti established the Museo Kartell to tell the company’s story, through key objects from its innovative and colorful history.

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