Joe Colombo's contribution to modern furniture design cannot be overstated Kelsey Keith- Senior Editor, Dwell
Last week, Kartell unveiled the exhibition “Homage to Joe Colombo,” at Tribeca’s R20th Century Gallery to celebrate the reissue of Joe Colombo’s renowned 4801 chair. Designed in 1965 by the legendary Italian maestro, it is the only chair Kartell ever manufactured in wood, and now, almost half a century later, it’s finally being produced in plastic for the first time. In celebration, R20th Century gallery, the Kartell Museo and the Joe Colombo Archives have put together a gem of an exhibition, exploring the relationship between Kartell and Colombo, one that gave rise to ten seminal works of design between 1964 and 1971. In addition to both vintage and new versions of the 4801 chair, the exhibition includes vintage lamps and accessories, sketches, archival photographs, and even a letter from The New York Times to Colombo. Guests gave high praise for the brilliantly curated exhibition and toasted the auspicious occasion with bubbly courtesy of Ferrari Cerrano!