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Joe Colombo KD 27 Table Lamp

 

Materials: Red and white ABS plastic. Bakelite socket.

Height: 24 cm / 9.44”

Width:  24 cm / 9.44”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a white/opaque bulb.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Joe Colombo, born Cesare Colombo, Milan Italy (30 July 1930 – 30 July 1971).

Manufacturer: Kartell, Milan, Italy.

Other versions: Made in many colours. The bigger version KD 29 is a desk lamp as you can see below.

The table lamp KD 27 (and the KD 29, a larger model) is designed by Joe Colombo for Kartell in 1967. This light is stackable and sold as table or floor lamp. Made from 1967 until 1981. Early versions are made from a different kind of plastic and have the bulb and socket in the middle.

Joe Cesare Colombo

Joe Colombo was born in 1930 in Milan, Italy and went to school at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera), where he studied painting and sculpture. Until 1954 he studied Architecture at Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic University of Milan).

A year later, in 1955 Colombo joined the Art Concept Group, and gave up his painting to promote his design career.

Colombo had to take over the family company in 1959, which produced electric appliances. He started to experiment with new construction and production technologies and in 1962 Colombo opened his own interior design and architecture projects.

Joe Colombo designed products for Alessi, Bieffe, Boffi, Flexform, Oluce and off course Kartell.

One of his most famous lamps is the Topo. Made as a floor lamp, clamp lamp, desk lamp and table lamp and produced by Stilnovo in the 1970s.

Joe Colombo died in 1971 on his birthday. He was only 41 years old.

Kartell

Kartell is an Italian company that produces plastic contemporary furniture.  The company, head-quartered in Milan, began manufacturing auto-mobile accessories in 1949. It expanded into home furnishings in 1963. It was founded by Italian chemical engineer Giulio Castelli (1920 – 2006) and his wife and architect Anna Castelli Ferrieri (1918 – 2006). Kartell became well-known due to the work of design’s by her hand.

Joe Colombo KD27 Kartell Table Lamp - green

Joe Colombo KD27 Kartell Table Lamp - black

Joe Colombo KD 29 Table Lamp - red

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