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88/1054 Armchair, 'Elda 1005', fibreglass / reinforced plastic / leather, designed by Joe Colombo, Italy, 1964, made by Comfort, Italy 1965. Click to enlarge.

‘Elda 1005’ armchair by Joe Colombo

Made by Colombo, Joe in Italy, Europe, 1964.

The ‘Elda 1005’ armchair, made of fibreglass, reinforced plastic and leather, was designed in Italy by Joe Colombo in 1964 and made by Comfort, Italy in 1965. An ingenious designer of furniture, glass lighting and interiors, Joe Colombo won many awards during the 1960s for his progressive and technologically inventive work. His Elda chair, adapting modern plastics technology to the traditional wing armchair form, was used in Australian interiors by well-known designer Marion Hall Best.

Summary

Object No.

88/1054

Object Statement

Armchair, 'Elda 1005', fibreglass / reinforced plastic / leather, designed by Joe Colombo, Italy, 1964, made by Comfort, Italy 1965

Physical Description

Armchair with shell of white moulded fibreglass and reinforced plastic, short cylindrical swivel base, gently flaring outwards to form seat and extending upwards to form curved back, seat and back in upholstered black leather.

Dimensions

Height

935 mm

Width

990 mm

Depth

800 mm

Production

Notes

The 'Elda 1005' was designed by Joe Colombo [1930-1971] in Milan Italy in 1964 and made by Comfort Italy from 1965.

The 'Elda 1005' is considered to be the first large armchair made out of fibreglass: it consists of a large self supporting shell that rotates on its base. The inside is sumptuously upholstered in black leather. The deep shell shields the sitter from their surroundings and provides some sound insulation, while the 360 degrees rotation ensures the users ability to focus in any direction they choose. The 'Elda 1005' is regarded as a trademark Colombo design.

Jo Colombo studied painting, sculpture and architecture and worked as a painter and sculptor for a number of years. In 1958, he along with his two brothers, took over the running of his fathers electrical conductor factory. At the factory he turned to industrial design and began experimenting with the latest production processes and newly developed plastics such as fibreglass, ABS, PVC and polyethylene. His work includes furniture and fittings, lighting and interiors. Many of his designs were for compact space saving designs at affordable prices for kitchens, wardrobes and studios. He generally designed for mass-production and consumption.

Suffering a severe heart attack in 1967 aged only 37, he continued to work until his death in 1971 aged 41. He is remembered as one of the most innovative and influential Italian designers of the 1960s.

Designed

Colombo, Joe Italy, Europe 1964

History

Notes

This chair was used in Australian interiors by well known Sydney based designer Marion Hall Best.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1988

Acquisition Date

28 November 1988

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Elda 1005' armchair by Joe Colombo 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 September 2019, <https://ma.as/81713>

Wikipedia

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