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Joe Colombo

4801 Armchair, 1965

PMMA
23 1/5 × 24 2/5 × 25 1/5 in
59 × 62 × 64 cm
This is a non-editioned multiple.
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location
Barcelona
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OLDHAUS
Barcelona
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The Joe Colombo Armchair is a symbol of design from the sixties and has been displayed …

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The Joe Colombo Armchair is a symbol of design from the sixties and has been displayed internationally at the MoMA in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Originally designed by Joe Colombo in 1965, it was the only piece made entirely of wood that Kartell ever …

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Series
Nº 444/T — in a nod to the original limited production of the 4801 Armchair, each chair in the reissue series is numbered.
Manufacturer
Kartell
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Copyright © 2019 OLDHAUS, S.L.
Joe Colombo
Italian, 1930–1971
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Joe Colombo saw himself as a "creator of the environment of the future." During the forward-looking 1960s—against the backdrop of the space race and Pop Art—the Italian industrial designer sought to create design solutions through the use of new materials and curvaceous, functional forms. He used his family’s factory to conduct experiments in cutting-edge plastics such as fiberglass, ABS, PVC, and polyethylene, with the goal of creating furniture for mass production. In addition to new materials, he also explored ideas of self-assembly, in pieces such as modular tube furniture that could be arranged according to the users’ wishes. His breakthrough piece, the adjustable Universale chair, was developed in collaboration with Kartell between 1965 and 1967 and is considered the first chair to be molded from a single material.

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The Joe Colombo Armchair is a symbol of design from the sixties and has been displayed …

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The Joe Colombo Armchair is a symbol of design from the sixties and has been displayed internationally at the MoMA in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Originally designed by Joe Colombo in 1965, it was the only piece made entirely of wood that Kartell ever …

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Series
Nº 444/T — in a nod to the original limited production of the 4801 Armchair, each chair in the reissue series is numbered.
Manufacturer
Kartell
Image rights
Copyright © 2019 OLDHAUS, S.L.
Joe Colombo
Italian, 1930–1971
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Joe Colombo saw himself as a "creator of the environment of the future." During the forward-looking 1960s—against the backdrop of the space race and Pop Art—the Italian industrial designer sought to create design solutions through the use of new materials and curvaceous, functional forms. He used his family’s factory to conduct experiments in cutting-edge plastics such as fiberglass, ABS, PVC, and polyethylene, with the goal of creating furniture for mass production. In addition to new materials, he also explored ideas of self-assembly, in pieces such as modular tube furniture that could be arranged according to the users’ wishes. His breakthrough piece, the adjustable Universale chair, was developed in collaboration with Kartell between 1965 and 1967 and is considered the first chair to be molded from a single material.

Joe Colombo

4801 Armchair, 1965

PMMA
23 1/5 × 24 2/5 × 25 1/5 in
59 × 62 × 64 cm
This is a non-editioned multiple.
Sold
location
Barcelona
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