Born in 1967 in Carimate near Como, Carlo Colombo graduated in Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan in 1993, but already in 1991 he came into contact with Giulio Cappellini, for whom he designed his first piece in 1992: the Kyoto bed, presented at the Salone del Mobile in Milan the same year.
From this moment on, Colombo’s activity in the design sector has resulted in hundreds of projects resulting from the collaboration with the most important companies in the sector: Antonio Lupi, Arflex, Artemide, BYografia, Cappellini, DePadova, Emmemobili, EMU, F. lli Guzzini, Flou, Franke, Fusital, iGuzzini, IOC, Paola Lenti, Levi’s, Mood-Flexform, Moroso, Nube, Oluce, Penta, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Riva 1920, Rugiano, Sabattini, Serralunga, Tecno, Teuco, Varenna, Zanotta.
In 2004 Carlo Colombo was appointed designer of the year in Tokyo. Between 2005 and 2011 he received four times the International Design Award of “Elle Decor” and was awarded for his projects by “Gioia Casa” and “MD Magazine”. In 2009 he was among the winners of the Good Design Award conferred by the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Atheneum.
Born as an ambassador of Italian design in the world, he lectures in Israel, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, Ukraine, Australia, Russia, England, Brazil and China.
In addition to the design of furniture and products, Colombo also designs graphic projects and curates exhibitions, working as a consultant and artistic director (since 2006 for Arflex and since 2008 for Stratex) too.
Colombo’s design activity, initially concentrated on interior design and planning, gradually extends to the construction sector, in Italy and abroad. In 2009 the architect won an international competition for the design of two multifunctional towers in Abu Dhabi and his renewed interest in architecture found its way into the teaching activity in China, where since 2011 he has taught design at the De Tao Masters Academy in Beijing.
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