Furniture Design

Colombo, Joe (1930 - 1971)

The Italian designer aimed to shape the whole living environment. Reflecting on flexibility and modularity, he reinvented the concept of  functional design with his integrated units inspired by space expeditions. His passion for speed also influenced his works adaptable to moving environments such as Alitalia's meal trays. His innovative and colourful pop creations clearly epitomized the 1960s' vision of the “environment of the future”.

Zancopé flat, perspective drawing of the dining and living room, 1962
Zancopé flat, perspective drawing of the dining and living room, 1962
Chaise Universale, 1965-1967
Chaise Universale, 1965-1967
Chaise Universale, 1965-1967 sketch
Chaise Universale, 1965-1967 sketch
Combi Bed/Spaziale (project), sketch, ca 1965
Combi Bed/Spaziale (project), sketch, ca 1965
Combi Bed/Spaziale (project), sketch, ca 1965
Combi Bed/Spaziale (project), sketch, ca 1965
Crockery layout for the Linea 72 bord service's first class, 1970-1972
Crockery layout for the Linea 72 bord service's first class, 1970-1972
Coupé, standard lamp version with semispherical shade, ca. 1967
Coupé, standard lamp version with semispherical shade, ca. 1967
Japan Interior Design frontpage, January 1970
Japan Interior Design frontpage, January 1970
Asimmetrico glass sketch, 1964-1968
Asimmetrico glass sketch, 1964-1968
Sketch for a motor car design, 1953-1960
Sketch for a motor car design, 1953-1960
Sketch for the Toga chair (project), 1966
Sketch for the Toga chair (project), 1966
Chair with curved units, 1963-1964
Chair with curved units, 1963-1964
Additional System chair, 1967-1968
Additional System chair, 1967-1968
Birillo desk chair, 1970
Birillo desk chair, 1970
Elda chair, 1963
Elda chair, 1963
Elda chair, sketch, 1963
Elda chair, sketch, 1963
Roll chair, 1962
Roll chair, 1962
Superleggara chair with footrest, 1964
Superleggara chair with footrest, 1964
Joe Colombo sitting on an Universale, Kartell chair, ca 1967
Joe Colombo sitting on an Universale, Kartell chair, ca 1967
Joe Colombo in his flat, ca 1970
Joe Colombo in his flat, ca 1970
Joe Colombo, 1970
Joe Colombo, 1970
Flash Lamp, 1968
Flash Lamp, 1968
Living Center, 1970
Living Center, 1970
Multi-Chair, 1970
Multi-Chair, 1970
Advertising picture of a chair with curved units
Advertising picture of a chair with curved units
Spring Lamp's prototype, table lamp version, 1968
Spring Lamp's prototype, table lamp version, 1968
Table-container system, 1964
Table-container system, 1964
Poker Table, 1968
Poker Table, 1968
Triangular Container System, 1968
Triangular Container System, 1968
Tube Chair, 1969
Tube Chair, 1969
Double Glasses, 1971, prototypes
Double Glasses, 1971, prototypes
LEM lounge chair, 1964/ 1972
LEM lounge chair, 1964/ 1972
Birillo dining set, 1970
Birillo dining set, 1970
Acrylica table lamp, 1966
Acrylica table lamp, 1966
Additional-System seating, 1967
Additional-System seating, 1967
Small Armchair with Curved Elements, 1964
Small Armchair with Curved Elements, 1964
Supercomfort chair, 1963
Supercomfort chair, 1963
Table Lamp KD27, 1967
Table Lamp KD27, 1967
Armchair no.4801, 1963
Armchair no.4801, 1963
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