Joe Colombo – Inventing the Future

Avuncular in his casual suits, pipe fixed in his mouth, Joe Colombo’s jovial form seems strangely at odds with his iconic sci-fi designs. But then he sits down, relaxing into his furnishings, and somehow the opposition is reconciled and he begins to look more clearly like the eccentric inventor of a utopian techno-future. His designs spring to life and suddenly seem comfortable, livable, present, as he presides over them with a calm sense of proprietary. Even the knowledge of his untimely death in 1971, on his 41st birthday, barely dampens the sense of a lively, lived-in future that emanates from these photos.