Longhi is a company whose core focus is contemporary living. While mindful of changes in taste, its manufacturing roots run deep. The variety of items it offers – furnishing accessories, sliding glass room dividers, doors for interiors, sofas – is the result of a consistent global, corporate strategy that influences every aspect of the production process. Its catalogs are regularly updated with collections that reflect the values of a clear design philosophy: comfort and functionality first, followed by a design vision that makes each element – whether it’s a small table, a door, or an entire wall – part of a coordinated system, with an understated, elegant appeal.
50 Years of Authentic “Made in Italy”!
ELDA by Joe Colombo
Futuristic design, or that is what the Elda Armchair would look like for observers from the 1960s or 1970s. This very special piece is a historic product from the creative mind of Joe Colombo. It was one of his first, but though it was designed in 1963, production did not start until 1965. And it is named after his wife, Elda, of course. On display at the “Museum of Modern Art” in New York and the “Louvre” in Paris, Elda is considered to be an authentic design object by art and design enthusiasts. Elda was one of the first furnishing objects in which the plastic is strengthened with glass fibre. For the Elda armchair, Colombo decided to abandon the usual wood frame (used for all armchairs of that time). Taking inspiration from boat hull technology, he obtained a lightweight and resistant composite material. The Longhi – IN&OUT collection presents similar examples of fiberglass such as the Astrea armchair, also by Joe Colombo (1963); the full swivel Rodica armchair by Mario Brunu (1968); and the more recent Dolcevita.