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Vintage Joe Colombo Cup + Saucer

Cesare "Joe" Colombo (1930 - 1971) was educated at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (the Academy of Fine Arts) in Milano as a painter, right up till 1949 and furthered his education in Architecture at the Politechnico di Milano University until 1954.  

In 1959, Colombo took the reins of his family company, which was primarily involved with the production of electrical appliances, and he started to experiment with new construction and production technologies during his time there.  In 1962, Colombo opened his own interior design and architecture projects, mostly for lodges and skiing facilities.

Together with his brother Gianni, Colombo developed the idea of prismatic lamps like the lamp Acrilica (1962). His first design for Kartell was chair No.4801 (1963–1967) which consisted of three assembled plywood elements. The flowing elements of his chair were a foretaste of his later plastic designs, like universale No.4860 (1965–1967), which was the first seating for adults made of ABS.

Moreover, Colombo produced innovative designs for furniture, lamps, glass, doorknobs, pipes, alarm clocks, and wristwatches. He created the professional camera Trisystem (1969), the air conditioner Candy (1970), dinnerware for Alitalia (1970; still in use), as well as an ergonomic and engined printing table.

In the short time before his unfortunate death at age 41, Colombo had already designed products for Oluce, Kartell, Bieffe, Alessi Flexform and Boffi. 

In the 1960s, Colombo designed The 'Arno' line of glassware for ITALORA, a glass manufacturer in Italy. These glass cups and saucers are not only stackable and space saving, but also handle well ergonomically, showing off Colombo's prowess as a progressive postmodern and contemporary designer.

Enjoy your favourite hot beverages in these cups today. 

Year: 1960s
Manufacturer: ITALORA 
Make : Glass 
Origin: Made in Italy 

Cup Measurements: Cup - Diameter 8.5cm / Height 6.5cm
Saucer Measurements :Diameter 14cm

Please Note • Price is for 1 set of cup and saucer. Items from the vintage collection are sold AS IS. We endeavour to describe the condition of each item to our best ability. Unless otherwise described, most of these pieces are used and will have slight marks and scratches along with slight variations in tone to the glass. Occasionally, there may be age wear on the edge of the glass pieces along with light specks or air bubbles present in the glass. These specks or air bubbles are are not stains or defects but caused during the firing and production stage. Each piece is inspected prior to shipping. We do not accept exchanges or refunds on these items unless faulty. Breakage from improper care, use, storage or put through extremes temperatures will not constitute as a faulty item.

Care Instructions • Please hand wash with gentle detergent and a soft sponge. Do not use a scourer pad (including the non scratching ones) as it will scratch the coating. These pieces are not dishwasher safe due to the age and delicate nature of the glass. Do not stack heavy objects on this item.