Joe Cesare Colombo (1930–1971)

One of the most inventive and influential designers in history of design. His innovative productions included ‘micro-living-worlds’ and multi-functional objects.

Joe Cesare Colombo, old picture.
Joe Cesare Colombo

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About his life

Joe Colombo, born Cesare Colombo (30 July 1930 – 30 July 1971) was an Italian industrial designer. He was until 1949 educated at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera as a painter and studied until 1954 Architecture at Politecnico di Milano University. From 1951 to 1955, Joe Colombo worked independently as a painter and sculptor. He joined the ‘nuclear painting‘ movement and later became a founding member of the ‘art concrete‘ group.


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Team Kartell-Designer, Salone del Mobile, 1969. Olaf von Bohr, Gino Colombini, Alberto Rosselli, Ignazio Gardella, Joe Colombo, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Giotto Stoppino.
Team Kartell-Designer, Salone del Mobile, 1969. Olaf von Bohr, Gino Colombini, Alberto Rosselli, Ignazio Gardella, Joe Colombo, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Giotto Stoppino.

What are the main features of Colombo’s style?

In 1958 Colombo abandoned painting, but used the factory as a playground by experimenting with the latest production processes and newly developed plastics such as fibreglass, ABS, PVC and polyethylene. Concentrating on industrial design from 1962-1971 he believed that good domestic design had to be available to everyone. Colombo designed also products for OluceKartellBieffeAlessiFlexform and Boffi. He died in 1971 on his 41st birthday.

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The Tube Chair for Flexform, 1969
The Tube Chair for Flexform, 1969
The Tube Chair for Flexform, sketch, 1969
The Tube Chair for Flexform, sketch, 1969

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The Elda Chair for Longhi, 1963
The Elda Chair for Longhi, 1963

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In Colombo’s vision, people needed efficient living equipment that they could take with them in a society that was increasingly mobile, both physically and socially.

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Museum of Modern Art (New York), in just 28 m2 of space, a kitchen, closets, beds, private area and bathroom, detail, 1972.
Museum of Modern Art (New York), in just 28 m2 of space, a kitchen, closets, beds, private area and bathroom, detail, 1972.

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Museum of Modern Art (New York), in just 28 m2 of space, a kitchen, closets, beds, private area and bathroom, detail, 1972.
Museum of Modern Art (New York), in just 28 m2 of space, a kitchen, closets, beds, private area and bathroom, detail, 1972.

Most famous

  • The Elda Chair for Longhi, 1963
  • Miniaturised kitchen for Boffi, 1963
  • Universale Chair for Kartell, 1965
  • Additional Living System for Sormani ,1967
  • The Tube Chair for Flexform, 1969
  • The Topo Lamp for Oluce, 1970
  • Boby trolley for B-line, 1970
  • The Brillio Chair for Zanotta, 1971

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Universale Chair for Kartell, Colombo, 1965
Universale Chair for Kartell, Colombo, 1965

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Boby trolley for B-line, Colombo, 1970
Boby trolley for B-line, Colombo, 1970

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