Carlo Hauner Martin Eisler Costela chair Forma Italy 1952






Eisler & Hauner

Austria, 1913 – 1977
Italy, 1927 – 1997

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This is for an iconic so called ‘Costela’ lounge chair, designed by Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner, manufactured by Forma, Italy 1950s. It is a mid-century classic that has captured the imagination of design enthusiasts for decades. This particular Italian version, manufactured by Forma in 1952, showcases a unique blend of industrial aesthetics and natural materials. It differs from the Brazilian version as this was made of teak veneered plywood instead of solid wood.


The structure of the chair is made from black painted tubular metal, providing a sturdy and visually striking frame. Brass finishing accents are incorporated, adding a touch of elegance and a hint of warmth to the otherwise sleek and modern silhouette. What sets this version apart is the use of teak-veneered plywood ribs, giving the chair a unique texture and a rich, warm tone. These ribs are a defining feature of the ‘Costela’ design, creating a sculptural, almost organic form that is both functional and visually appealing. The teak veneer offers a beautiful contrast against the dark frame, enhancing the chair’s distinctive character.


Another notable variation in this version is the slightly bent feet, a subtle modification from the original design that contributes to the chair’s refined elegance. This change in structure not only enhances the visual appeal but also adds stability, reinforcing the chair’s timeless design. To complement its classic lines, the chair has been reupholstered in a soft bouclé fabric in an olive color. The textured fabric adds a contemporary touch while remaining true to the lounge chair’s mid-century roots. The olive hue harmonizes with the teak ribs and brass accents, creating a cohesive and inviting look.


The chair is in very good original condition, showcasing its longevity and the quality of its craftsmanship. Its reupholstered seat provides comfort, while the original frame and ribs have aged gracefully, maintaining the integrity of the iconic design. This Italian ‘Costela’ lounge chair is a captivating piece that combines style, comfort, and a rich design heritage. It would make a stunning addition to any modern or vintage-inspired interior, serving as a focal point and a conversation starter.


Like all our upholstered pieces these can also be newly upholstered to your admiration. Ask our experienced upholstery department for an affordable quote for the item you want customized. We only use the best quality fabrics, foam, and materials for all our items. With the reupholstery we will always keep the originality in mind so the piece doesn’t lose its value and will be ready for years of use again.

Designer: Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler
Type: Costela chair
Manufacturer: Forma
Year: 1952
Country: Italy
Materials: Teak plywood, metal, upholstery
Condition: Very good, newly upholstered
Height: 84/41 cm
Width: 70 cm
Depth: 87 cm
Item nr: SAF24MA04

Holland / Belgium: € Free
Europe: € 150 - 500
Outside Europe: € 750 - 1250

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