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Elda Chair by Joe Colombo for Comfort, Italy, 1963

$8,831

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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 of the most well-known designs of Italian designer Joe Colombo. This lounge chair is one of the first designs using new material fiberglass in a great amount. Joe Colombo named this design ‘Elda’ in honor of his wife. The white fiberglass shell is fitted with black leather cushions that support the sitter from all sides. The way the leather is tufted in thick tubes characterizes the ‘Elda’ lounge chair in an unparalleled manner. The ‘Elda’ chair is also represented in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Louvre in Paris. Designer: Joe Colombo Manufacturer: Comfort Country: Italy Model: Elda lounge chair Design Design period: circa 1950 Date of manufacturing: 1950’s Size in cm: W x D x H 95 x 92 x 93 seat height 40 centimeter. Material: fiberglass / black leather. Condition: Fair / The leather has tears and wear / The fiberglass is in very good condition.

Details

  • Creator
    Comfort, Italy (Manufacturer),Joe Colombo (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36.62 in. (93 cm)Width: 37.41 in. (95 cm)Depth: 36.23 in. (92 cm)Seat Height: 15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
    Repaired: the backside of a back cushion has a patch to cover a tear. The frontside of the leather on the shell has a patch to cover a tear. see images. Wear consistent with age and use. Tears and wear in the leather of two cushions.
  • Seller Location
    Pijnacker, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1712228645942

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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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