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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 Lounge Chair by Joe Colombo for Comfort, Italy, 1960s
By Comfort, Italy, Joe Colombo
Located in Lasne, BE
Fiberglass and leather armchair. Seat height: 39cm. Wear due to time and age of the chairs.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Elda Lounge Chair by Joe Colombo for Comfort, Italy, 1960s
By Joe Colombo, Comfort, Italy
Located in Lasne, BE
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Metal

Joe Colombo Black Leather "Elda" Swival Lounge Chair for Comfort, Italy, 1960s
By Comfort, Italy, Joe Colombo
Located in The Hague, NL
Created in 1963 by Italian artist and product/furniture designer Joe Colombo, the Elda- chair and manufactured for Comfort. A hard shell of fiberglass (one of the first such pieces ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

Original Edition Elda Chair by Joe Colombo
By Joe Colombo
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Elda chair designed by Joe Colombo. Italy, Comfort, 1963. Vintage rotating white fibreglass shell with moulded cushions in subtle original black leather. Very good vintage condition...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Armchairs

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Plastic, Leather

Elda Lounge Chair by Joe Colombo for Comfort, Italy, 1960s
By Joe Colombo, Comfort, Italy
Located in Lasne, BE
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern

Materials

Metal

Elda Armchair by Joe Colombo
By Joe Colombo
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Elda armchair by Joe Colombo White fiber and black leather Vintage condition, circa 1970.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

Joe Colombo "Elda" Armchair in White Leather and Red Structure, 1963
By Joe Colombo
Located in Brussels, BE
Joe Colombo "Elda" armchair in white leather and red structure, 1963. Mid-Century Modern Iconic Design
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Joe Colombo Mid-Century Modern Green Velvet "Elda" Italian Lounge Chair
By Joe Colombo
Located in Madrid, ES
Lounge chair model "Elda" designed by Joe Colombo (1930-1971) in 1963. Made of white fiberglass structure reupholstered with green cotton velvet. This creates a comfort and a private...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Fiberglass

Original Joe Colombo Elda White Leather Armchair, 1960s
By Joe Colombo
Located in Paris, France
Joe Colombo (1930-1971) was one of the most influential Italian designers of his time, despite the shortness of his career. He enrolled at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, then studi...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Swivel Chairs

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Leather, Fiberglass

Joe Colombo 'Elda' Midcentury Italian Armchair
By Joe Colombo
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
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 (...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Armchairs

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

White Elda Lounge Chair
By Joe Colombo
Located in Paris, FR
White moulded fibreglass frame with rotary system polyurethane foam padding covered by white leather cushions fixed by metallic hooks Flexform edition.
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Vintage 1960s Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Epoxy Resin

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...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass