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Joe Colombo
Italy, Contemporary

Storage trolley in honey yellow plastic. New production of the “Boby” trolley designed by Joe Colombo in 1970.

Italian designer and architect Joe Colombo (1930-1971) studied at the Accademia di Belle Arte di Brera in Milan before transferring to Milan Polytechnic, where he qualified as an architect in 1954. However, Colombo worked solely as an Abstract Expressionist painter and sculptor showing his work at numerous exhibitions in Italy until 1958, when he took over the family electrical appliance business. Here he experimented with new manufacturing methods and materials. This new and unexpected experience influenced him to switch from painting to architecture and design, where his fascination with futuristic themes found a new invigorating venue.

Colombo opened his own design studio in Milan in 1962, entering the busiest phase of his career as he designed furniture, lighting, interiors, and glassware. Producing functional furniture for everyday life Joe Colombo quickly became a leading figure in modern Italian design with his emphasis on curved forms, use of bold color, and reliance on emerging materials making his designs their own reflections on the Modern age.

H 52.5 x W 40.5 x D 43 cm

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Archive, Furniture

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