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Green Tube Chair Designed by Joe Colombo Produced by Flexform in 1969

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The famous Tube chair has been designed by Joe Colombo and produced by Flexform from1969 to 1976. Colombo has always been searching for new ideas and innovative projects. This iconic Tube chair shows the amazing work of Colombo which is as simple as it is extraordinary. The Tube chair is a modular design with several interesting ways of being used. It's named after its structure made of 4 tubes of different diameters. That curvy structure of tubes gives the illusion of a flexible and almost moving design although the chair is static. It can be arranged in many combination such as all the tubes nested together, or one inside the other. All the tubes can be assembled in one and put in its original dust bag. Very easy to carry then. One orange Tube chair is part of the Timeline of Art History collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York. The Tube Chair is also at the permanent collection of the Vitra Museum of Basel. It is made of PVC plastic, tubular steel, foam and fabric. One little piece missing on one of the tubes. Dimensions in that position: 185 x 58 x 66 cm Tube diameter 1: 49 cm Tube diameter 2: 40 cm Tube diameter 3: 30 cm Tube diameter 4: 17 cm


  • Creator
    Joe Colombo (Designer),Flexform (Manufacturer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.3 in. (49 cm)Diameter: 19.3 in. (49 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Great condition with some tiny repaired or used parts of the white PVC structure (see pictures).
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU99272761502

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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.

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