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Joe Colombo

Italian, 1930-1971

He died tragically young, and his career as a designer lasted little more than 10 years. But through the 1960s, Joe Colombo proved himself one of the field’s most provocative and original thinkers, and he produced a remarkably large array of innovative furniture, lighting and product designs. Even today, the creations of Joe Colombo have the power to surprise.

Cesare “Joe” Colombo was born in Milan, the son of an electrical-components manufacturer. He was a creative child — he loved to build huge structures from Meccano pieces — and in college he studied painting and sculpture before switching to architecture. In the early 1950s, Colombo made and exhibited paintings and sculptures as part of an art movement that responded to the new Nuclear Age, and futuristic thinking would inform his entire career. He took up design not long after his father fell ill in 1958, and he and his brother, Gianni, were called upon to run the family company. Colombo expanded the business to include the making of plastics — a primary material in almost all his later designs. One of his first, made in collaboration with his brother, was the Acrilica table lamp (1962), composed of a wave-shaped piece of clear acrylic resin that diffused light cast by a bulb concealed in the lamp’s metal base. A year later, Colombo produced his best-known furniture design, the Elda armchair (1963): a modernist wingback chair with a womb-like plastic frame upholstered in thick leather pads. 

Portability and adaptability were keynotes of many Colombo designs, made for a more mobile society in which people would take their living environments with them. One of his most striking pieces is the Tube chair (1969). It comprises four foam-padded plastic cylinders that fit inside one another. The components, which are held together by metal clips, can be configured in a variety of seating shapes. Tube chairs generally sell for about $9,000 in good condition; Elda chairs for about $7,000. A small Colombo design such as the plastic Boby trolley — an office organizer on wheels, designed in 1970 — is priced in the range of $700. As Colombo intended, his designs are best suited to a modern decor. As you see on 1stDibs, if your tastes run to sleek, glossy Space Age looks, the work of Joe Colombo offers you a myriad of choices.

Average Sold Price
$2,774
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Iconic Designs from Joe Colombo
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Coupé Lighting Series
Coupé Lighting Series
Boby Trolley
Boby Trolley
Spider Lamp Series
Spider Lamp Series
Elda Armchair
Elda Armchair
Kartell Joe Colombo Chair in Crystal by Joe Colombo
By Joe Colombo, Kartell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A true symbol of Sixties design, famous also for being the only piece by Kartell made entirely of wood. Contemporary technology has made it possible to create the same product using ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Joe Colombo

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Plastic

  • Kartell Joe Colombo Chair in Crystal by Joe Colombo
  • Kartell Joe Colombo Chair in Crystal by Joe Colombo
  • Kartell Joe Colombo Chair in Crystal by Joe Colombo
  • Kartell Joe Colombo Chair in Crystal by Joe Colombo
H 22.50 in. W 28.38 in. D 25.63 in.
Joe Colombo Model #2201 "Mini Coupé" Table Lamp in Yellow for Oluce
By Joe Colombo, Oluce
Located in Glendale, CA
Joe Colombo Model #2201 "Mini Coupé" table lamp in yellow for Oluce. Executed in yellow enameled metal and chrome, this table lamp is a smaller-scale version of one of the most refin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Joe Colombo

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Aluminum, Chrome, Metal

Set of Six Joe Colombo 'Sferico' Glass Tableware by Karakter
By Joe Colombo
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Glass tableware designed by Joe Colombo in 1968. Joe Colombo believed in democratic and functional design. In his lifetime he designed a wide range of different drinking glasses....
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Joe Colombo

Materials

Glass

Universale Chair Joe Colombo for Kartell, Italy, 1967
By Joe Colombo
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Universale chair by legendary designer Joe Colombo. First adult-sized plastic chair to be produced using a single injection cast mold. ABS plastic with detachable legs.
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1960s Italian Space Age Vintage Joe Colombo

Materials

Plastic

Joe Colombo 'Domo' Brass Table Lamp by Karakter
By Joe Colombo
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table lamp designed by Joe Colombo in 1965. The Domo lamp was originally designed by Italian designer Joe Colombo in 1965. Back then he designed three lamps based on the same core...
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Joe Colombo

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Brass

  • Joe Colombo 'Domo' Brass Table Lamp by Karakter
  • Joe Colombo 'Domo' Brass Table Lamp by Karakter
  • Joe Colombo 'Domo' Brass Table Lamp by Karakter
  • Joe Colombo 'Domo' Brass Table Lamp by Karakter
H 15.56 in. W 8.67 in. D 20.67 in.
Fresnel Wall Sconce Orange Joe Colombo for Luce 1960s Original Italian Design
By Joe Colombo
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Fresnel wall sconce orange Joe Colombo for luce 1960s original Italian design.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Joe Colombo

Materials

Metal

Complete Set of Thirty-Six Joe Colombo 'Sferico' Glass Tableware by Karakter
By Joe Colombo
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Glass tableware designed by Joe Colombo in 1968. Joe Colombo believed in democratic and functional design. In his lifetime he designed a wide range of different drinking glasses....
Category

2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Joe Colombo

Materials

Glass

Mid Century Modern Joe Colombo Spider Desk Table Lamp
By Joe Colombo
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration a vintage table or desk lamp by Joe Colombo. Red shade with chrome-plated steel hardware. Original clamp can be adjusted to adjust heigh. Made in Italy, circ...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Joe Colombo

Materials

Chrome, Stainless Steel, Aluminum

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Alogena Lamp
Alogena Lamp
Average Price
$3,199
Number Available
4
Alogena Lamp
By Joe Colombo
Materials
Metal, Aluminum, Chrome, Steel
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Brillio Stool Series
Brillio Stool Series
Average Price
$6,912
Number Available
4
Brillio Stool Series
By Joe Colombo
Materials
Metal, Plastic, Steel, Animal Skin, Chrome, Fabric, Leather
Styles
Mid Century Modern, Modern, Space Age
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Combi Center Cabinet
Combi Center Cabinet
Average Price
$20,242
Number Available
1
Combi Center Cabinet
By Joe Colombo
Materials
Acrylic, Aluminum, Metal, Plastic, Rosewood, Wood
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Joe Colombo furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Joe Colombo furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Joe Colombo collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 139 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 136 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Joe Colombo was created during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style in Europe. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Gino Sarfatti, Gae Aulenti and Ercole Barovier. The prices for Joe Colombo furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $184 and tops at $20,754, while pieces like these can sell for $2,065.

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