Exhibitions/ Art Object

"Tube" Chair

Designer:
Joe Colombo (Italian, Milan 1930–1971 Milan)
Manufacturer:
Flexform
Date:
1969–70
Medium:
PVC plastic (polyvinyl chloride), tubular steel, rubber, polyurethane foam, synthetic knit upholstery
Dimensions:
Outer dimensions 1987.98.1a: 24 in. × 19 1/2 in. (61 × 49.5 cm) Outer dimensions 1987.98.1b: 24 in. × 15 3/4 in. (61 × 40 cm) Outer dimensions 1987.98.1c: 24 in. × 11 1/2 in. (61 × 29.2 cm) Outer dimensions 1987.98.1d: 24 in. × 7 in. (61 × 17.8 cm) Inner diameter 1987.98.1a: 15 3/4 in. (40 cm) Inner diameter 1987.98.1b: 12 3/16 in. (31 cm) Inner diameter 1987.98.1c: 7 11/16 in. (19.5 cm) Inner diameter 1987.98.1d: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) Mount (6 Original metal clamps): 3 1/2 × 2 3/4 in. (8.9 × 7 cm) Mount (8 Replacement metal clamps): 4 5/8 × 2 3/4 in. (11.7 × 7 cm) Mount (Rubber balls 12 original and 12 replacement): 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Theodore R. Gamble Jr. Gift, in honor of his mother, Mrs. Theodore Robert Gamble, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.98.1a-d
Not on view
Italian architect and designer Joe Colombo responded to the changing social conditions of the 1960s by radically reinventing furniture forms and creating innovative interior environments reflecting swiftly evolving modes of living. The modular components of this chair can be arranged in any combination to suit the user, and can even be nested together, one inside the other. The chair is made up entirely of synthetic materials reflecting an increased interest in man-made materials in domestic environments that became popular at this time.
[Galleria Fulvio Ferrari, Turin, until 1987; sold to MMA]

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part III: 1950–1975," November 28, 2000–April 1, 2001, no catalogue.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. "Il Modo Italiano: Italian Design and Avant-garde in the 20th Century," May 4–August 27, 2006, no. 95.

Toronto. Royal Ontario Museum. "Il Modo Italiano: Italian Design and Avant-garde in the 20th Century," October 21, 2006–January 7, 2007, no. 95.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900 to the Present," June 23, 2009–May 1, 2011, no catalogue.

Emilio Ambasz in Italy: The New Domestic Landscape. Achievements and Problems of Italian Design. Ed. Emilio Ambasz. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1972, p. 116, ill. (Museum of Modern Art, New York collection).

Mateo Kries and Alexander von Vegesack, ed. Joe Colombo: L'Invenzione del Futuro. Exh. cat., Triennale di Milano. Weil am Rhein, 2005, p. 230, no. 290, ill. p. 231 (color and bw) (Vitra Design Museum collection).

Diane Charbonneau in Il Modo Italiano: Italian Design and Avant-garde in the 20th Century. Ed. Giampiero Bosoni. Exh. cat., Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Milan, 2006, p. 279, no. 95, ill. (color) (MMA collection).

Ignazia Favata. "Gli oggetti." Joe Colombo. Milan, 2011, pp. 82–83, ill. (color).



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