Joe Colombo (1930-1971) was born in Milan, where he attended the Accademia di Brera and the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic. Colombo applied his talent to various creative professions, from abstract painting to furnishing. From 1963, he dedicated himself to designing mass-produced industrial products, many of which, assembled in various ways, constitute fully-fledged systems.
Experimenting with the newest technologies and material, especially plastic, he created self-contained multifunctional units that can be easily moved and transformed in order to change the environment according to the needs of its user. More than storage solutions, there are “machines for living”, equipment for an increasingly mobile world. Colombo was awarded many prizes in particular the In-Arch, three medals at the XIII Triennale, two Compassi d’Oro, two International Designer Awards and the Premio SMAU.