Designer: Joe Colombo

joe colomboJoe Colombo is one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century. He is famous for his futuristic and fantastic conception of everyday furniture and for his taste for modularity and functionality of rooms.

A prolific designer, his pieces are still legendary today. They have endured through the ages while retaining their great modernity. An innovator, he was the first to use moulded plastic in a single block for his mythical Universale armchair (1967). Attached to the modular function, he created the Tube-Chair and the Multi-chair in 1969 and 1970, followed by many other emblematic creations in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Joe Colombo was born in 1930 in Italy. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera and then architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan. He began his career as a painter and member of the Movimento Nucleare. Following the death of his father in 1959, he took over the family business and began a career as a designer.

Three years later, he founded his own design agency. He was interested in everyday furniture and the functions it required: modularity and flexibility. To this he adds his “anti-design” vision: design must take precedence over architectural lines. He then developed a futuristic style that quickly won him over. He received awards such as the Compasso d’Oro. Colombo had a profound impact on the history of design.