Paolo Lomazzi, Donato D'Urbino, Jonathan De Pas Blow Inflatable Armchair 1967

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The Blow Inflatable Armchair, designed by Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino, and Paolo Lomazzi, is the first mass-produced inflatable chair. This icon of 1960s Pop furniture embodies the revolutionary spirit of its time. It is a youthful, playful expression of the free, casual lifestyle and culture of ephemerality associated with this period. Executed in candy-colored plastic, it was far more affordable than other contemporary works of “high-style” Italian design.

Air pumped into the PVC (polyvinylchloride) skin gives it its form. Without the air, this chair would be like a large, deflated balloon. In its deflated state, the chair is soft and pliable. In a fully inflated state, it becomes more solid and can support weight.

Zanotta S.p.A., Italy
PVC plastic
Inflated: 33 x 47 1/8 x 40 1/4" (83.8 x 119.7 x 102.9 cm)
Gift of the manufacturer
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Architecture and Design

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