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Joe Colombo : The Invention of the Future
Joe Colombo
The Invention of the Future
Isabelle Mendoza + CK., May 28, 2007
Joe Colombo_Model One_Milan_Italy
Joe Colombo_Model One_Milan_Italy
 
The first ever international retrospective of pioneering Italian designer Joe Colombo The Invention of the Future charts the evolution of his designs for living quarters – culminating in autonomous ‘units’ like Visiona 1 (1969), presented here in all their forward-looking glory. The four-part exhibition retraces Colombo’s biography (his productivity startling in view of his premature death at 41), with a host of exhibits, from sketches to furniture prototypes as well as a display of famous works from his most fertile (pre-1965) period. In line with the changing times, his increasingly modular designs for buildings and interiors – ceiling televisions, pivoting walls and built-in minibars included – were both futuristic and functional. The 60s’ pre-occupation with new technology for a better life can be observed in several of his famous creations, from the high-backed leather armchair Elda (1963) to lamps Acrilica (1962) and Alogena (1970).

Joe Colombo_Model D._Milan_Italy
Joe Colombo_Model D._Milan_Italy
 
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