Sunday, October 12, 2008
Happy Colombo Day!
Not your average joe, Joe Colombo entered the scene in the early sixties with an adventurous spirit and a determination to shift what was happening in the world of design. After his father's death in 1959, Colombo, a self described painter and sculptor, took over his family's electrical appliance business and began experimenting with new manufacturing methods and materials. One of his first commissions was the "No. 4801" chair for Kartell which consisted of 3 plywood interlocking parts (above photo). However, it was his work with brightly colored plastics in futuristic shapes that ended up defining Colombo's extraordinary career creating innovative, iconic designs that are still available today. Here's to you Joe!