Joe Colombo
(1930, Italie – 1971, Italie)

Citta Nucleare


Domaine Dessin d’architecture
Technique Encre (stylo-plume) sur papier velin, préparation brillante au recto
Dimensions 30 x 41,8 cm
Acquisition Don de Arch. Ignazia Favata, 2016
N° d’inventaire AM 2016-2-348 

Joe Colombo studied art at Milan’s Brera Academy and joined the Nuclear Painting movement in the early 1950s founded by Enrico Baj and Sergio Dangelo. Early on, he developed an interest in architecture, designed the Utopia of a subterranean nuclear city, frequented Milan’s jazz clubs and became interested in design.
The second part presented the start of Colombo’s career as a designer, beginning around 1962. Within just a few years, Colombo created many of his most well known designs and began productive collaborations with important design companies of his time like Kartell, Zanotta, Stilnovo, O-Luce, Alessi and Rosenthal, with most of his designs still being produced by these firms to the present day. With “Universale” from 1964-67, Colombo created one of the first chairs to be moulded from one material. He also achieved innovative forms with furniture in plywood, leather and rattan as well as lighting pieces that rank among the many well-known individual objects he designed.