Joe Colombo

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Joe Colombo, 1930 – 1971, a prolific Italian architect, designer, artist and filmmaker, produced a substantial, instantly recognizable body of work before dying far too young at 41. 60s space age design owes much of its look to Colombo, who seemed to innately understand the capabilities of new injected molded plastics and other contemporary materials and who innovated with them to explore ergonomics and a kind of  space age psychedelia. The Tube Chair above, like many of his pieces, is an art object as well as furniture. The small selection of his work below is from Flickr. Joe of the futur joe colombo Chair Colombo01 ELDA joe colombo, visiona 69 futurist habitat, 1969

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2 Responses to “Joe Colombo”

  1. John Hopper Says:

    Wonderful photos, thanks! One of the great designers of the twentieth century cut short. Another one of the ‘what could he have achieved in another twenty or thirty years?’ questions.

  2. Lindsay Says:

    I know. It’s so sad. 41.

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