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JOE COLOMBO (1930-1971)

Pair of armchairs
From the series “Additional System”
Manufactured by Sormani
Italy, 1968
Aluminium, Polyurethane, upholstery

78,74 cm x 80 cm x 68,58h cm
30 in x 31,49 in x 27 in

Domus 483 (febbraio 1970), p. 44; Domus 487 (giugno 1970), pubblicità; Giuliana Gramigna, Repertorio 1950-2000, Allemandi, Torino, 2003, p. 142; Vitra Design Museum/La Triennale di Milano, Joe Colombo inventing tha future, Skira, Milano, 2005, p. 204; Andrea Branzi, Il design italiano 1964-2000, Electa, Milano, 2008, p. 69.

Joe Colombo was born in Milan in 1930. Essentially self-taught, he attended the Academy in Brera and then the faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico in Milan for a few years. Before becoming a designer he worked as a painter, builder, car salesman and entrepreneur in the electrics field. The technological utopia of Joe Colombo’s designs encompasses many of the hopes of the Sixties in Italy and Europe without becoming imprisoned by ideological restraints.