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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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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

Joe Colombo Elda Lounge Armchair for Comfort Italy Design Leather, 1963
By Joe Colombo, Comfort, Italy
Located in Greven, DE
Joe Colombo Elda lounge armchair for comfort Italy design leather, 1963 For comfort / Italy, polyester shell with fiberglass, white shell, upholstery white leather. The cushions are...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

Joe Colombo Rare Elda Lounge Chair for Comfort, Italy, 1963, Black & White
By Comfort, Italy, Joe Colombo
Located in Munster, NRW
Elda Chair - Joe Colombo - Edition in black leather, 1963 for Comfort, Italy Joe Colombo designed an enormous number of objects, in only 10 years! including entire residential m...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass

Vintage Mid Century Elda Armchair by Joe Columbo for Comfort, 1960s
By Joe Colombo, Comfort, Italy
Located in Appeltern, Gelderland
This armchair in new brown leather (ElmoSoft) was designed by Joe Colombo and was produced by Comfort in 1960s. It is newly upholstered and professionally lacquered and is therefor i...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Space Age Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Joe Colombo Black Leather "Elda" Lounge Chair
By Joe Colombo, Comfort, Italy
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic 1963 Joe Colombo "Elda" lounge chair with removable black leather cushions in a white fiber glass shell. A well known futuristic lounge chair in good overall condition with we...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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

Joe Colombo Elda Lounge Chair
By Joe Colombo
Located in Madrid, ES
Cesare "Joe" Colombo designed the "Elda" chair in 1963. This comfortable swivel armchair features a black fiberglass body and is newly upholstered with grey velvet fabric. Small dent...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Armchairs

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Velvet, Plexiglass

Elda Chair by Joe Colombo
By Joe Colombo
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Elda chair designed by Joe Colombo. Italy, Comfort, 1963. Original vintage rotating white fibreglass shell, upholstered with subtle chocolate brown leather. Very good vintage condit...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Armchairs

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...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Fiberglass