Joe Colombo

After his debut as a painter in the Nuclear Movement, Joe Colombo (1930-1971) affirmed himself as a designer in the '60s. His experience with painting preserved his imaginative attitude towards his design production, which was concentrated in little more than a decade, given his early death at 41. By studying and using the most avant-garde plastic materials of his time, Colombo revolutionised canonical furnishings, projecting them into a futuristic dimension that immediately seduced the imagination of set designers around the world. An example of this is Colombo’s enveloping armchair Elda, made in moulded plastic material for Comfort Italy in 1963: an icon of the '60s, it appears in films such as 007 The spy who loved me (1977), and in the American television series Star Trek (1966-69).

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