The Domo lamp was originally designed by Italian designer Joe Colombo in 1965. Back then he designed three lamps based on the same core shape. Known for his democratic and functional design, his flexible and convertible furniture meant to be used in many different ways – all to the benefit of the user. Joe Colombo experimented with new materials and the latest technologies and designed futuristic “machines for living”, many of which have become icons for a new way of living. One of them is Domo. Colombo often rejected sharp corners and straight lines in favour of curvaceous forms.
H: 190 x W:
Base Ø: 40cm
Shade W: 11cm
Shade L: 20cm
Alu, steel, plastic
230V / 110V
E27 / E26
E27 Globe 28W
110V: Max E26 Globe 40W
3,5m black PVC cord with on/off switch
Cesare (known as Joe) Colombo was born in Milan in 1930. Essentially self-taught, he attended the Academy in Brera and then the faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico in Milan for a few years. Before becoming a designer he worked as a painter, builder, car salesman (his passion for cars remained with him) and entrepreneur in the electrics field.
The technological utopia of Joe Colombo’s designs encompasses many of the hopes of the Sixties in Italy and Europe without becoming imprisoned by ideological restraints.
Here are a few of the most significant milestones in his extremely rapid escalation to designer of international renown, the symbol of an era.
In 1963 he opened his first studio in Milan.
In 1964 he won 3 medals at the “XII Triennale” in Milan.
In 1967 the won the Gold Compass.
In 1968 he received his first International Design Award in Chicago.
In 1969 three of his objects were already part of the permanent collection at MOMA.
He died prematurely on 30th July 1971 on his 41st birthday.