A vocation for discovery is already legible in his surname (the Italian for Columbus): Carlo Colombo, international architect and designer, teaches, designs and promotes the highest levels of Italian creativity throughout the world. Whether for interior design or large-scale planning projects, his work always features concreteness, rigor and precision, and remains close to people’s dreams and needs.
Carlo Colombo is undoubtedly one of Italy’s most famous architects and designers. Considered by critics as the most highly esteemed of a new generation of international-level architects, he has already won numerous awards and prizes worldwide, and established a career spanning everything from countless collaborations with top level design brands to huge planning/architectural projects.
The Blueberry Armchair by BYografia, the Air table by Poliform, the Antoniolupi collections, the Ball armchair by Arflex, the six sneaker models for Levi’s 2012 collection… these are just a few examples of his work in design, a field in which he has won numerous prestigious prizes: in 2004 he was nominated designer of the year in Tokyo; between 2005 and 2011 he won the “Elle Decor” International Design Award four times and won prizes for his “Gioia Casa” and “MD Magazine” projects. In 2009 he was among the winners of the Good Design Award conferred by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Atheneum.
Whether working on an everyday object, on interior design or grand architectural volumes, throughout his eclectic output Carlo Colombo maintains a single characteristic style: he works progressively by reducing and emptying, eliminating the superfluous and privileging purity of line and formal abstraction.
One of his most interesting projects? Without a doubt, the Hong Kong Louvre Gallery, an exhibition space for highest quality design products.