Tube Chair (1969)

Tube Chair is the iconic chaise-longue designed by Joe Colombo in 1969. Its concept is simple: a very simple and modular design, based on pure cylinders forms, versatile and customizable to better suit individual needs.

The Tube Chair by Joe Colombo, originally designed in 1969.

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Design by Joe Colombo

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.

 

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What are its characteristics?

The Tube Chair, first manufactured by Flexform in 1969, it’s found in museums the world over including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Vitra Design Museum; but thanks to Italian furniture brand Cappelini, the adjustable chair has been reissued.

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The graphic, highly modern chair is made up of four tubes of varying diameter connected by fastening hooks. They form the headrest, back support, seat, and leg rest and can be configured according to the user’s preference.

Tube Chair’s details.

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Each PVC cylinder is manufactured through a rotational molding process that creates the hollow tube as a single piece. The tubes are upholstered in either leather or two-way stretch fabric, and the chair is available in black, white, yellow, turquoise or orange colorways.

Info source: https://www.curbed.com/2016/8/1/12343896/joe-colombo-tube-chair-cappelini-reissue

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Dimensions

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The original design features in the permanent collections at La Triennale di Milano, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and MoMA.

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Into the fashion

Into the fashion analyzes current fashion trends, sources of inspirations and similarities within collections.

The Tube Chair is an Italian design icon from the late sixties and might have been an inspiration and part of the creative mood boards of the Marni team while creating this cute little heel for their SS||2015 footwear.

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