Joe Colombo Universale stacking side chairs 1967

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Solid, stackable, and colorful, this chair reflects a late-1960s enthusiasm for modern plastic furniture that was particularly strong in Italy. Contemporary advertisements celebrated its adaptability and durability, declaring, "It won't age or break, you can throw it out the window, leave it outside, put it under water, take it to the North Pole or the desert: it will always be like new." As the model name "Universale" suggests, the chair could be used indoors or out, in public or private environments.

Gallery label from From the Collection: 1960-69, March 26, 2016 - March 12, 2017.
Manufacturer
Kartell S.p.A., Milan, Italy
Medium
Polypropylene and rubber
Dimensions
Each: 29 x 16 1/2 x 18 1/2" (73.7 x 41.9 x 47 cm), seat h. 16 15/16" (43 cm)
Credit
Gift of the manufacturer
Object number
138.1988.1-3
Department
Architecture and Design

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