This book documents in sketches, drawings, photographs, models, and prototypes Colombo's main projects. It also contains a complete catalogue of his works. Vittorio Fagone places Colombo in the context of European design and Ignazia Favata offers an intriguing portrait of this complex man. Beginning his career as an architect and painter, Joe Colombo moved quickly into interiors and then into designing functional objects. His special talent was in producing space-saving, compact designs at affordable prices for kitchens, wardrobes and studios. Virtually all of the objects he created were designed for mass production and consumption. Here are the "Colombo classics" produced during the sixties: the molded plastic "Universale" chair for Kartell; the curved lamps for O-Luce; the "Linea 72" in-flight service for Alitalia; the plastic "Boby" trolley; and the later experiments with flexible living spaces and seating.