This is considered to be the first armchair made of molded plastic (fiberglass). In designing this project, Joe Colombo was inspired by the hulls of boats, using the same nautical technology to realize his design. The result is an oversized, self-supporting shell on a swivel base, lined on the inside with individual padded and removable tubular leather cushions. Together with the combination of smooth exterior and fleshy interior, the chair’s enfolding shape hugs the body, making its user feel acoustically isolated and protected, two frequent factors in Colombo’s work. Often cited for its futuristic appearance, the chair’s corporeal, comforting quality is utopic. The chair’s embrace is perhaps the reason it was named after his wife, Elda.


361/4 × 361/4 IN

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