Joe Colombo reissued by Karakter
Joe Colombo’s Square System is the result of a partnership between Karakter and Maison et Objet to reintroduces it. Reflecting Colombo’s belief in democratic and functional design, the system consists of various elements and modules that can be combined almost infinitely.
The Square System offers an extensive range of possibilities through its stackable modules; they can be arranged as a minibar, office storage or side tables. The system can be equally used in bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens or living rooms. Though Karakter was faithful to the original design, they changed the material to reissue the system in aluminium and no longer in plastic.
The multi-faceted system is presented during Paris Design Week as part of the 10/10 exhibition at MODA from September 3rd to 12th, 2015. The show displays ten key contemporary design projects, selected by François Bernard.
Karakter has also reissued another pieces of Joe Colombo before the Square System , namely the Chair 300 and Il Kilometre.
The Modello 300 dining chair was designed to be easily packed, shipped and assembled translating Colombo’s fascination with functionality meant he always focused on the user.
Il Kilometre is another iteration of this ethos; the multi-purpose shelving system was Inspired by a field trip to Scandinavia in the sixties, the designer chose wood and aluminium creating a never ending set of rails and a wide variety of modules.
Cesare “Joe” Colombo was until 1949 educated at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, the academy of fine arts, in Milano as a painter and studied afterwards until 1954 Architecture at Politecnico di Milano University.
In 1951 he joined the Movimento Nucleare, founded by Sergio D´Angelo and Enrico Baj. The following four years Colombo was active as a painter and sculptor of the abstract Expressionism and exhibited his works with other members in Milano, Torino, Verviers, Venice and Brussels.
In 1955 Colombo joined the Art Concept Group, but gave up his painting to promote his Design Career. Before he cooperated at an exhibition for the tenth Triennale of 1954 and documented the Ceramic Designs of an international meeting in Albisola. For his presentation Colombo created for example three exterior seatings which were combined with a “shrinelike” presentation of TVs.
In 1959, Colombo had to take over the family company, which produced electric appliances, and started to experiment with new construction and production technologies. In 1962 Colombo opened his own interior design and architecture projects, mostly for lodges and skiing.
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