Joe Colombo (1930-1971), Combi-center cabinet, Italy, 1963/1964
Walnut, aluminium, plexiglass, plastic, steel
Purchase courtesy of the patronage of Michel and Hélène David-Weill, 1998
© Les Arts Décoratifs / photo: Jean Tholance
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A cylindrical and modular storage cabinet, the Combi-center no longer stands against a wall, but is set up in the living room. Its freedom of use is total, its configuration and functions can vary and evolve: in this way the Combi-center can be transformed into a coffee table, each superposed cylinder then remains independent and is assembled depending on needs. It is characteristic of Joe Colombo’s experimentation that developed modular furniture with multiple flexible uses.