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Early Joe Colombo 'Tube Chair', 1969

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$7,900Asking Price

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Joe Colombo for Flexform, Tube chair, pvc, foam, fabric, United States, 1969. This lounge chair by Joe Colombo is designed by means of combining four hollow cylinders. This armchair, as sign of both anti-design and pop art can be adjusted as the tubes can all be disconnected from one another and placed according to ones own wishes. All the tubes fit in one another by means of which it can be easily transported. This playful piece is one of Colombo's icons and even though it has been designed in the 1969, it still feels contemporary and revolutionary today. Joe Colombo (1930-1971) was an industrial designer educated at the Fine Arts academy in Brera. Over his career, he has been an abstract painter, product designer and theorist. He has created many futuristic, pop-art and anti-design objects that have created a place for themselves in the history of design. Literature: - Joe Colombo. Die Erfindung der Zukunft exhibition catalogue. Weil am Rhein: Vitra Design Museum, 2005, p. 230 - 231.

Details

  • Creator
    Flexform (Manufacturer),Joe Colombo (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.29 in. (82 cm)Width: 35.44 in. (90 cm)Depth: 23.63 in. (60 cm)
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1969
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 450013981stDibs: LU933118828422

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    Ships From: Waalwijk, Netherlands
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About Joe Colombo (Designer)

He died tragically young, and his career as a designer lasted little more than 10 years. But through the 1960s, Joe Colombo proved himself one of the field’s most provocative and original thinkers, and he produced a remarkably large array of innovative furniture, lighting and product designs. Even today, the creations of Joe Colombo have the power to surprise.


Cesare “Joe” Colombo was born in Milan, the son of an electrical-components manufacturer. He was a creative child — he loved to build huge structures from Meccano pieces — and in college he studied painting and sculpture before switching to architecture. In the early 1950s, Colombo made and exhibited paintings and sculptures as part of an art movement that responded to the new Nuclear Age, and futuristic thinking would inform his entire career. He took up design not long after his father fell ill in 1958, and he and his brother, Gianni, were called upon to run the family company. Colombo expanded the business to include the making of plastics — a primary material in almost all his later designs. One of his first, made in collaboration with his brother, was the Acrilica table lamp (1962), composed of a wave-shaped piece of clear acrylic resin that diffused light cast by a bulb concealed in the lamp’s metal base. A year later, Colombo produced his best-known furniture design, the Elda armchair (1963): a modernist wingback chair with a womb-like plastic frame upholstered in thick leather pads. 


Portability and adaptability were keynotes of many Colombo designs, made for a more mobile society in which people would take their living environments with them. One of his most striking pieces is the Tube chair (1969). It comprises four foam-padded plastic cylinders that fit inside one another. The components, which are held together by metal clips, can be configured in a variety of seating shapes. Tube chairs generally sell for about $9,000 in good condition; Elda chairs for about $7,000. A small Colombo design such as the plastic Boby trolley — an office organizer on wheels, designed in 1970 — is priced in the range of $700. As Colombo intended, his designs are best suited to a modern decor. As you see on these pages, if your tastes run to sleek, glossy Space Age looks, the work of Joe Colombo offers you a myriad of choices.


About the Seller
4.8 / 5
Located in Waalwijk, Netherlands

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