A shape between art and product This is not an armchair, or at least what appears as an armchair. There is, between an object and its aesthetic dimension, an aspect that stimulates our gaze or leads it elsewhere, almost to a condition of transcending the perceptible realm to which both the object and the word naming it belong. One could say so about the armchair designed by Carlo Colombo, but such statement would not be exhaustive of the range of meaning to which words and what they indicate belong, of the load they carry. Both architecture and art are part of those poetics of making space that point to the free expanse in which openness is located. Design is located in between, but there is another form to which such singular expressions of appearing and becoming surrender; and these are those of form and of man’s inhabiting and of his imagination.
Carlo Colombo is considered to be one of the most important Italian architects and designers. From the beginning of his career he designed for top level brands. From this moment he collected a lot of collaborations with the most important â€œmade in Italyâ€ design brands like Antonio Lupi, Fontana Arte, Cappellini, De Padova, Flou, Bentley Home, Flexform, iGuzzini, Trussardi Casa,Giorgetti, Moroso, Poliform, Bugatti Home, Poltrona Frau, Teuco, Baxter, Varenna,Zanotta, to mention just a few. Beyond designing products and furniture, Colombo also takes care of strategy and marketing for the companies, he develops graphic projects and curates exhibitions, works as a consultant and art director. His work was initially concentrated on design and interior, but then progressively extended also to the field of construction, in Italy and abroad. In 2004 the architect is awarded the title of Designer of the year; in 2009 he wins an international competition for the design of two multifunctional towers in Abu Dhabi and from 2011 he teaches design at the De Tao Masters Academy of Beijing in China. He received many other awards from the world over, amongst them the Elle Decor International Design Award in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2016, the Good Design Award of the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and the Chicago Athenaeum in 2009, in 2012 he wins the Red Dot Design Award, in 2014 the â€œBest of the Bestâ€ Red Dot Design Award, the Interior Innovation Award, the Design London Award and the iF Design Award with Teuco. In 2015 for he wins for the second time the â€œBest of the Bestâ€ Red Dot Design Award and the iF Design Award with Teuco. Today his studio deals with large scale projects all over the world, from design to interiors and architecture.