Joe Colombo was a visionary designer with a
futuristic flair. He began his career as a painter and
architect before moving into design. The exhibition
includes drawings of his early architectural projects,
his designs for manufacturers such as Kartell,
Zanotta and Alessi, and his modular, flexible
objects, such as the 'Tube Chair' and 'Multi Chair'.
Colombo also designed entire, multi-functional
interiors, such as two James Bond-style installations
titled 'Rotoliving' and 'Cabriolet Bed'. 'Rotoliving' is
a living-room unit with a clock, TV, stereo system
and lighting. A dining table or coffee table with bar
can be pulled out, while the back section serves as
a counter and storage area. With 'Cabriolet Bed',
the top can be closed down to offer intimacy or
kept open. It is furnished with a radio, fan and
ashtray, and the back incorporates a mirror,
dressing table and weather station.
Organized by the Vitra Design Museum in
cooperation with the Milan Triennale and the Joe
Colombo studio in Milan, this touring retrospective is
a comprehensive tribute to the fast-living "designer
with the pipe", who died from heart failure at the
age of 41 in 1971.

March 29 through August 19, 2007
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
T.+33 (0) 1 44 55 57 50