Patricia Urquiola designed a fabulous plastic chair in 2010 for Kartell that she named the Comback Chair, after the traditional 18th century Comb Back Windsor Chair. Seven vertical members are spread out to mimic
one's back, with horizontal connections at the top and arm supports.
This version is made from a single mold from batch-dyed thermoplastic
technopolymer. Reminiscent of the chairs gracing the verandas of colonial homes or the more familiar chairs of our grandmothers, the Comback chair is a contemporary way to live with a sense of nostalgia.
Pilar Viladas told us years ago that Kartell was bringing the past to the present. We were reminded by a photo we found of her article about Claudio and Maria Luti's Milanese townhouse. Not only is it an intelligent throw back, but it is spectacular in this modern townhouse, particularly as it is paired with a Picasso drawing and faux marble paneling.
Image courtesy of The New York Times.
The inspiration for the modern design!
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The Comback chair installation at Robin's Café in Istanbul is so successful in a variety of colors. Image courtesy of Kartell.
The Kartell Comback chair will now join the Venturi Bentwood Laminate Chair for us as examples of current design successfully honoring history.
Image courtesy of 1stDibs.
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