Joe Colombo studied at the Polytechnic of Milan and the Brera Art Academy.
After an important, albeit brief, escapade with informal painting, he decided to devote himself entirely to design and architecture. In 1954, he participated in an exhibition at the 10th Triennale, and in 1956 his first architectural project was completed in Milan, in via Rosolino Pilo.
In 1963, he opened his own studio, where he dedicated himself to furnishings and industrial design of products made in series, many of which, in their various configurations, can be considered proper systems.
A precursor of the study of ergonomic design, he developed unique products with a dynamic sculptural appearance.
Joe Colombo can be found in the Cappellini catalogue with his Tube Carpet and the latest edition of the iconic Tube Chair, designed in 1969.
Many of his objects are considered milestones of design and are part of the collections of the world’s most important museums, such as the MoMa and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.