Joe Colombo, Elda chair

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photo of elda chair sketch photographed by Andreas Sutterlin via Designboom

photo of elda chair sketch photographed by Andreas Sutterlin via Designboom

Isn’t wonderful how everyday you have the opportunity to learn something new everyday.
I was in Hongdae last week and had to stop and visit Mr. Kim at the Design Museum. To my luck he was actually in and nothing had actually changed inside my favorite cafe in Seoul, except… There was a new piece of furniture tucked away but coyly on display. I was attracted by the caramel colored leather and the curves, oh the curves!
Joe Colombo was one of Italy’s “most influential furniture product designers”. I will investigate further as I need to take the time to not only shoot interesting design but learn about the designer him or herself. His life was brief, he died at the tender age of 41 but nevertheless made something of his life here. He produced. He made his thoughts and ideas concrete, tangible.
I may be more impressed with his life than with the making of this chair. That’s what it comes down to in the end. The chair, named after his wife, was and still is an unconventional beauty.

Elda Chair sketch found via Designboom

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