20th Century Famous Designers – Joe Colombo

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Today in our weekly rubric about the most famous designers of the 20th century we are approaching Joe Colombo’s work. In his brief but brilliant career, this famous designer produced a series of innovations which made him one of Italy’s most influential Italian product designers. From the Universale, the first chair to be moulded from one material, to the all-in-one Boby Trolley, everything Colombo created was intended for “the environment of the future”.

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When most designers discover that their work was been ripped off, they erupt in understandable fury; not Joe Colombo who would say: “We’ll just have to make it better.” And if a manufacturer didn’t show as much enthusiasm for a project as Colombo himself, he didn’t waste time arguing, but stopped work and found another company to make it.

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Thanks to this energy and optimism famous designer Joe Colombo produced an extraordinarily broad body of work in his tragically short career. Not only did he die young – of heart failure at the age of 41 – but he also came to design relatively late having devoted his twenties to painting and sculpture. Yet in his decade or so as a designer, Colombo was exceptionally prolific. He created some of the most memorable products of the 1960s: from the Universale, the first chair to be moulded from a single material, to the futuristic all-in-one living systems which culminated in his opulent Visiona, the “habitat of the future”.

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