Joe Colombo

Black & White photo of Joe Colombo. Designed the Tube chair for Flexform in 1969.After his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera (Milan), in the early ‘50s he became part of the nuclear painting movement with Enrico Baj. Shortly thereafter, at the beginning of the ‘60s, he turned his attention to architecture and interior design and started working as a product developer.
Colombo’s works are highly distinguishable not only for the great attention paid to materials, but also for their extreme flexibility and versatility. The Tube Chair and the Multi Chair are excellent proof of this, as they are very simple and modular, and lend themselves to infinite ways of being used.

Colombo’s creativity is also expressed through the design of expo fair booths for companies like Bayer, Hoechst and Rosenthal, as well as in several other design pieces like cars, watches, glasses and much more.

Among his famous clients are design companies like Kartell, Comfort, Bonacina, Alessi, Zanotta, Flexform and Oluce.

His latest pieces are multifunctional, residential and interior design projects where Colombo makes all conventional pieces of furniture redundant, developing a new concept able to offer the best comfort and the highest functionality.

The impressive and stunning work of Joe Colombo, who died in 1971 on the day of his forty-first birthday, is the fruit of a decade of work characterized by an obsessive search for new ideas and projects.