Joe Colombo for Pozzi, pair of chairs model “Chair 300”, circa 1965



What I like

I like these “Chair 300” chairs because they are typical of the work of Joe Colombo, one of the greatest Italian designers, who unfortunately died too early in 1971: his creations were far ahead of his time, particularly the Tube armchair: even in this more widely distributed Chair 300 model, we find an innovative design: a seat made up of two side parts forming an “h” whose horizontal part is doubled, in lacquered wood, these two elements are joined by the seat and the back with a wooden structure covered in leather which seems to float in the air. The different elements are brought together by invisible pins and four black cylindrical metal fixings: a few pencil lines, very easy assembly, thanks to a truly innovative way of thinking about the chair, especially around 1965!

The Pozzi factory is certainly well-known, but what I like the most is the distribution in France by Robert Sentou, who chooses the most cutting-edge models of French but also European design to offer them in his store which quickly became popular. peak of fashion!

I will also say that these chairs are solid and comfortable: you will understand why I love them!

Technical description

Joe Combo for Pozzi, broadcast in France by Robert Sentou

Pair of “Chair 300” model chairs, circa 1965

Off-white relacquered wood and brown leather.

Each chair is made up of two high side parts in off-white lacquered wood drawing an “h” with a double horizontal line, joined by the seat and back being a wooden structure covered in leather, without crosspieces, the whole being stabilized by four black cylindrical metal elements. Small oblong black plastic pads.

Relacquered, the color of the leather revived.

Dimensions and weight

Height: 78 cm – Width: 48 cm – Depth: 43 cm

Weight:7,2 kg

Mix & Match

This pair of chairs is admirably in line with the Orsay set by Gae Aulenti, designed 10 years later! They will be used in the same room as the chrome and patinated metal bar table by Lodovico Acerbis and the concrete abstract art of the large painting by Edgard Pillet from the years 50-51, or the Composition by Lenin Delima Medeiros from 1971.

Its very well thought-out simplicity will be in line with that of our lamp from the “100metri” line by Alberto Zecchini for Fontana Arte, but also with, for example, the poetry of the “Lucellino” wall lights by Ingo Maurer!

The pure lines of our chairs will interact with our large patinated metal sculpture “Colonnes-1966” by Guillaume Leunens but also with the large mahogany Eye sideboard by Joseph André Motte for Les Hûchers.

The brown and off-white palette of our chairs will work wonders when it meets that of Julien de Covemaeker’s coffee table, with bun and bronze accents, lit by the beautiful Cratères lamp from Daum from the 50s and 60s!

In fact, their brown/white palette and their obviousness will allow them to integrate into many interiors!

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The designer

Joe Colombo, born July 30, 1930 in Milan and died July 30, 1971, is one of the most famous Italian designers.

Joe Colombo studied painting until 1949 at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, then architecture until 1954 at the Polytechnic of Milan.

At the beginning of the 1950s, he joined the Diffa Nucléaire (nuclear painting movement) founded by Enrico Baj and Sergio D´Angelo. He carried out several decoration and scenography projects during this decade.

After the death of his father in 1959, he had to replace him at the head of the family business which he left in 1961. His career as a designer really began in 1962 when he opened his own design studio in Milan. With his brother, Gianni Colombo, he created the Acrilica lighting fixture, then in 1963, he designed the Elda armchair.

During the 1960s, he collaborated with the largest publishing houses such as Kartell, Zanotta and O-Luce and was rewarded several times with the Compasso d’Oro and the Premier Design International Award.

He died prematurely, at the age of 41.

Joe Colombo’s style is characterized by an innovative, futuristic, even utopian approach. His work is part of the major trends that characterize the 1960s: the Hippie and pop movements, mass consumption, the democratization of audiovisual products such as television, the protest movements of the late 1960s.

One of the axes of his work is the research of modular and flexible systems: Additional System (1967) is a seat composed of six elements that the user could assemble according to his desires into a bed, bench or armchair; Tube Chair (1969), composed of four PVC tubes covered with foam; or Multi-Chair(1970). In this way, the Boby trolley aims to offer a multifunctional response to the need for storage: it is a piece of furniture on wheels that the user can configure.

At the end of the 1960s, Colombo devoted itself more particularly to the creation of “residential cells” which aimed at a generalization of the function of furniture: Rotoliving includes what is necessary for daily life: a clock, a television, a dining table or a coffee table with a bar, storage space; Cabriolet Bed is an example of a “night cell.” » He developed this idea of ​​an autonomous “dwelling unit” with Visiona 1 (1969) and Total Furnishing Unit (1971) which aimed to offer a response to all of the individual’s needs: a bath unit, a night unit, a kitchen cell and a central unit.

Some critics believe that the ideas developed by Joe Colombo are found in the creations of young French designers like Pierre Charpin, Ronan and Erwan Bouroulec or Matali Crasset.

The editor

te These chairs were produced by Pozzi and distributed in France by Robert Sentou.

Pozzi is an Italian seat manufacturer.

Robert Sentou is a edition and distribution house founded by Robert Sentou in 1947 under the name “La Chaise paillée” which he developed; in 1977, he opened a boutique in Paris, where he distributed his creations and his editions, including the famous models by Roger Tallon.

A beautiful and authentic pair of chairs at a fair price

This pair of chairs has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design, of which the signature of Joe Colombo is guarantor, a guarantee of an enhancement of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to agree and to mix to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage furniture is surely a reasonable investment, such is the appetite for the 1960s.

Finally, buying vintage furniture preserves the resources of planet earth.

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Weight 72 kg
Dimensions 43 × 48 × 78 cm

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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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