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.

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Joe Colombo was an Italian industrial designer.

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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.


Joe Colombo (1930-1971) ©IF-Studio Joe Colombo

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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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joe colombo Tube Chair (1969)-brown bicolor armchair Triennale Design Museum

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Joe Colombo – Tube Chair – modularity and flexibility in modular structure Italy 1969 colorful

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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.

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

 

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Universale Chair for Kartell, Colombo, 1965

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Boby trolley for B-line, Colombo, 1970

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info source:

 http://www.designophy.com/designpedia/design-designer-1000000077-joe-colombo.htm

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-brief-wondrous-career-of-j-114066

 https://alchetron.com/Joe-Cesare-Colombo-780788-W

 http://puntoluz.com/en/disenadores/joe-cesare-colombo

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