Original Joe Columbo Chairs

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2015-06-26 10:43:00

Original Joe Columbo Chairs are vintage chairs produced by the Italian designer Joe Colombo.

History & Description

Joe Colombo was an Italian furniture designer and industrial designer.

Born Cesare Colombo – nicknamed Joe – during his short career, he covered a wide spectrum of artistic fields, ranging from painting to sculpture, furnishings to whole interiors. From 1963, Colombo devoted himself entirely to furniture design for mass-production and he created some of the most unique and innovative designs of the twentieth century.

Although Colombo is perhaps more known for his all-in-one miniaturised kitchen units, during his brief career he also produced various types of chairs from a diverse collection of materials. His most well-known chairs include the Tubo chair, the Universale chair, the Stella 1001 chair and his Elda armchair.

Joe Colombo died of heart failure on his forty-first birthday in 1971.

Guide for collectors

Instances of original Joe Colombo chairs are quite common at both national and international auction houses. While there have been examples of Colombo chairs selling for tens of thousands of dollars, as a general rule collectors can expect to pay between $1,500 and $3,000.

Collectors should look out for chairs that were designed specifically for Colombo’s Living Centre Program as these represent the most valuable examples of his work.

Notable auction sales

On June 3rd 2009 at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, a pair of Living Centre chaise lounge chairs, designed by Joe Colombo, circa 1970s, realised a price of $55,000.

On December 8th 2009 at Christie’s in New York, a pair of wool upholstered chromed steel Living Centre chaise lounge chairs, designed by Joe Colombo, circa 1970s, realised a price of $37,000.

On December 15th 2010 at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, a Tubo chair, designed by Joe Colombo, circa 1970, realised a price of $13,500.

On May 25th 2011 at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, a Stella 1001 lounge chair, designed by Joe Colombo, circa 1963, realised a price of $13,000.

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