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Joe DiMaggio Glove Chair

Inspired by sports icon Joe DiMaggio’s baseball glove, the Joe chair debuted in 1970 at the 10th Salone del Mobile in Milan. It became a pop culture icon in 1972 during the exhibition “Italy: A New Domestic Landscape” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

DESIGNER |De Pas, D’Urbino, Lomazzi, 1970

Joe DiMaggio Glove Chair

H 33.5″
W 62.5″
D 39.5″

Inspired by sports icon Joe DiMaggio’s baseball glove, the Joe chair debuted in 1970 at the 10th Salone del Mobile in Milan. It became a pop culture icon in 1972 during the exhibition “Italy: A New Domestic Landscape” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Joe is an armchair in the form of a giant baseball glove mounted on invisible wheels for easy portability. Originally manufactured in leather, the chair was reissued in 2003 featuring a self-cushioning plastic polymer that makes it functional for both indoor and outdoor use.

Joe reflects the zeitgeist of its day, when there was a widespread desire to confront the established forms and traditional norms in the name of creativity.

De Pas, D’Urbino, Lomazzi

Italian designers Gionatan (Jonathan) de Pas (1932-1991), Donato D’Urbino (born 1932) and Paolo Lomazzi (born 1936) were all born in Milan and studied at the Milan Polytecnic before opening an office for architecture, urban development, and industrial design in 1966.

De Pas, D’Urbino and Lomazzi wanted to express their admiration for one of the great myths of the collective imagination – Joe DiMaggio and all he represented–while making a clean break with traditional notions of seating and lifestyle. In doing so, they created an ergonomic and surprisingly comfortable chair.

Joe Chair  | c.1970

Manufacturer

Original: Poltronova | Italy
Current: Heller | Italy

Build

Dimensions: 62.5″W x 39.5″D x 33.5″H
Material: roto molded polymer