Design by Joe Colombo, 1965.
Made in Italy by Kartell.
Kartell pays homage to one of the most iconic ? and perhaps uncharacteristic ? pieces in its archive with the reissue of Joe Colombo's 4801 Armchair. Originally designed by the Italian master in 1965, the 4801 chair is famous for being the only Kartell piece ever to be made entirely of wood. Now, nearly fifty years later, Kartell has developed the complex and technically challenging engineering methods necessary to produce the design as originally envisioned, in its signature plastic.
A limited number of wood 4801 chairs were produced in the 1960s, crafted with a bent pressed plywood seat, back and frame fitted together without any metallic parts or glue, painted in of-the-era hues of white, green, orange and black. As a tribute to Colombo and the company's history with the legendary designer, Kartell has revisited the 4801 design with advanced industrial molding technologies. The second generation of the 4801 chair, available in a numbered series, captures the curving sinuous lines and exact proportions of Colombo's original design.
An authentic symbol of design in the 1960s, the highly sought-after 4801 chair is revered by private collectors and institutions alike, and has been displayed internationally at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Suitable for indoor/outdoor use.
Material(s): Transparent or batch-dyed PMMA
Designer: Joe Colombo
(1930 - 1971)
Cesare "Joe" Colombo was born in Milan as the second of three brothers. He studied painting and sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, the academy of fine arts, in Milan and then architecture at Politecnico di Milano University.
In 1958, Joe and his younger brother Gianni took over the family business, which produced electric appliances. Using the factory as a playground, he started to experiment with new construction and production technologies. In 1962 Joe Colombo opened his own design office, which specialized in interior design and architecture projects for industry and retail stores. Concentrating on industrial design for the remainder of his short life, Joe Colombo believed that many problems could be solved by the use of new materials - first and foremost plastic. Joe Colombo was one of the most influential and representative designers of the modern era and his adventurous and futuristic character became his trademark. He received many awards for his designs and his works have been exhibited and included in the some of the most significant museum collections worldwide.View other products by Joe Colombo
Founded in 1949, Kartell is an established leader in the fields of modern furniture, interior design, and lighting for over 60 years. From its choice of cutting edge technologies, to its use of innovative and certified thermoplastic materials, the brand has revolutionized the use of plastics in modern furnishings. Their bold and charismatic designs are 100% Italian made, multifunctional, cross-sectional, easy to use, and possess an undeniable visual appeal. Colors, transparency effects, and unique shapes all define a signature Kartell product. Employing some of the most recognizable modern furniture designers of our time, Kartell is able to harmoniously blend functionality, style, durability, and modern appeal.
Kartell has won an enviable string of prestigious international awards, including nine Compasso d’Oro prizes (the most recent awarded to the Mobil Chest of Drawers in 1995 and the Bubble Club Sofa in 2001). In 2000, the Guggenheim Museum dubbed the Kartell Museum the "best industrial museum".View other products from Kartell