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.
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 Oluce, Kartell, Bieffe, Alessi, Flexform and Boffi. He died in 1971 on his 41st birthday.