After different experiences, from 1963 on Joe Colombo dedicated himself to designing industrial products in series, many of which, assembled as they are in different ways, constitute true and proper “object systems”. Through experimentation at that time with new materials and more recent technologies, he made futuristic “machines for living”: multifunctional single-block units such as “VISIONA 1”, “TOTAL FURNISHING”, “CABRIOLET-BED” and “ROTOLIVING” which influenced a new way for living open spaces of small dimensions (lofts).
He introduced the relationship between space and time and defined furnishing as autonomous, flexible that can be coordinated and transformed to be used in different times and ways. The objects can be disassembled and rearranged for new functions.
He received many design awards and recognitions, including: three medals at the XIII Triennale, of which one was gold and two silvers, two “Compasso d’Oro”, two International Design Awards, the Tecnhotel and the S.M.A.U awards, as well as the In-Arch award for hotel layout.
Many of his works have been exhibited and are held in the collections of the most important museums of the world.