The "objects" category includes all the unique or mass-produced pieces designed by Joe Colombo, such as the Acrilica lamp (1962), his first design object created with his brother Gianni and obtained from the study of the application of methacrylate in the diffusion of light, and the Elda armchair (1963), created from the transformation of a fibreglass boat mould; but also the Minilamp, a 50-watt floor lamp and the Calice tower-lamp for street lighting produced by Pollice.
In "systems" we find the designs made up of modular elements that can be assembled in different ways according to requirements, such as the Combi Center, the Triangular Container System and Coordinated Furniture B, the Programmable Living System T14, exhibited at the XIV Triennale in Milan, and the Additional System armchair, as well as the System Chair, an extravagant system for the composition of armchairs, sofas and loungers.
Lastly, the famous functional "monoblocs", resulting from a process of radically reinterpreting the concept of the relationship between man and object, giving rise to a new way of living that envisaged the total dissociation of furnishings from the environment in which they were located. Thus, the Minikitchen became a machine for preparing food, the Totem for hallways was an object that functioned as a mirror, lamp, umbrella stand and much more; the Space Bed was surrounded by towers equipped with telephone, light, radio, ashtray and so on.
As Domitilla Dardi writes in the essay "Back to the Future" published in the catalogue: "His is not a search for the gute Form, but an exploration of the devices that make living spaces more functional."
Title: Joe Colombo Designer. Catalogue raisonné 1962-2020
Edited by: Ignazia Favata
Published by: SilvanaEditoriale
Language: Italian and English