Joe Colombo

Joe Colombo

Joe Colombo has left many examples of the originality of his intuitions, deriving from a constant research into new technologies and from a deep sensitivity in establishing a relationship between humans and the constantly evolving habitat. On these basis he creates futuristic “machines for living “: the multifunction units Visiona 1, Total Furnishing Unit, Cabriolet- bed and Rotoliving that influence the new way of living in small open spaces (lofts). Joe Colombo introduces the relationship between space and time in design and he defines furniture as autonomous, flexible, coordinated, convertible, and independent from the architectural contest. Furniture is equipment to be used in different ways and times “at the service of the user”.

“COLOMBO DESIGN EXPERIENCES TRY TO
CREATE AN EVOLUTIONARY LINK BETWEEN
CURRENT REALITY AND FUTURE.”

Isola orange

Isola orange - detail

A blend of New Zealand wool varieties, hand tufted and with a finishing effect that discreetly harks back to a 1960s feel, are the distinguishing features of the carpets from the Joe Colombo Collection. This eclectic mix would have been certainly been to the liking of the brilliant designer, who was always well informed and up-to-date on manufacturing materials and technical details, at least as much as he was also sophisticated, and attentive lover of beauty. The starting point for translating this Milanese architect’s novel, futuristic vision into material, color and knots, had to be digging up some of his most recurrent graphic elements, or particularly representative projects. Thanks to the active participation of Studio Joe Colombo, still active today and headed by architect Ignazia Favata, everything has been examined and reproposed to a different scale from the original design, so as to become a piece of furniture in its own right. Bubbles and Isola are the first creations for the Joe Colombo collection, which is currently being developed further. The particular color combinations, together with the round shape of the carpet lend to the ensemble an effect of continuous motion and at the same time of balance.