Designer : Luigi Colani

German designer of Italian and Polish origin, Luigi Colani is famous in Japan as the ” Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th century “. But where does this fame and exceptional status come from? A look at this genius designer.

Luigi Colani was born in Germany in 1928. His student life shows his curiosity for the arts and sciences: he studied painting and sculpture in Japan and then became interested in aerodynamics, which he studied at the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris. He pursued his professional career in this field, designing the aerodynamics of cars for major manufacturers such as BMW, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Ferrari during the 1950s. At the same time, the brilliant Colani worked for the aviation industry, in particular for Boeing and Rokwell.


BMW 700 (1963) ©


Ferrari Testa d’Oro (1989) ©

Colani is interested in design in its entirety and extends his fields of expertise to furniture, kitchens, pens, glasses, clothes and even trains. He focuses his approach on form and use, inventing what is known as bio-design, a technique that draws inspiration from nature to address design issues.


The“messiah of design“, as he is called in Japan, has decided on pieces with remarkable precision and in perfect harmony with their environments. You only have to look at his creations to see this:


Flötotto desk | Garden Party chair | UFO hanging lamp

Luigi Colani is a talented designer who has had a profound impact on design; without him bio-design would not exist.

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