Sedia Universale 4867 Plastic Chair by Joe Columbo for Kartell in White For Sale
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Sedia Universale 4867 Plastic Chair by Joe Columbo for Kartell in White

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Available now this landmark Sedia Universale 4867 injection molded plastic chair designed by Joe Columbo for Kartell. This chair is in wonderful vintage condition. There is a small area on one side of the bend in the back of the seat that has some yellowing to the white plastic but is barely noticed when looking at the whole chair. It is marked on the bottom with Kartell designed by Joe Columbo made in USA by Beylerian LTD, circa 1960s-1970s. I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Yes, sir. Are you listening? Yes, I am. Plastics! Exactly how do you mean? There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it? (quote from The Graduate 1967).............And this iconic chair designed by Joe Columbo, also in the 1960s, is proof…There was/is a great future in plastics! Designed for Kartell and called the Sedia Universale #4867 chair it took two years from 1965-1967 to design and was the first chair to be made with a single shot injection moulding process. In the 1960s that was the holy grail of furniture design…to be made of a single piece of material. Joe Columbo designed this chair according to his belief that in the current culture its strong colors, curving edges, and pop sensibility would appeal to the masses; where the way of the future was one where television would rule, technology would progress, and people would both work and play in their living spaces; which, with populations expanding would become smaller and more multifunctional, resulting in the need for furniture to be more multi-functional, movable, and pleasing to the senses. He hit the nail on the head with this Universale chair. I could go on and on describing the wonderful attributes of this fun, funky, and iconic chair; its cutting-edge manufacturer, Kartell; its extraordinary designer, Joe Columbo; and its USA entrepreneurial representative, Beylerian LTD; but, I will stop and leave you with one word……..Plastic! Make it yours. Measures: Chair: Height – 28.25 inches Width – 16.75 inches Depth – 19 inches Seat height – 17 inches Inside seat width – 16.75 inches Inside seat depth – 17.5 inches Inside back height – 13.5 inches Weight – 7.1 pounds. Boxed size: Height – 35 inches Width – 23 inches Depth – 27 inches Weight – 15 pounds.  

Details

  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    MoldedPlastic
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    This chair is in wonderful vintage condition. There is a small area on one side of the bend in the back of the seat that has some yellowing to the white plastic but is barely noticed when looking at the whole chair.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 28.75 in. x W 16.75 in. x D 19 in.H 73.03 cm x W 42.55 cm x D 48.26 cm
  • Seat Height
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Topeka, KS
  • Seller Reference Number
    414-SEA-016
  • Reference Number
    LU1873311689193
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About Kartell (Maker)

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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