Carlo Colombo was born in 1967 at Carimate. In 1993 he graduated in Architecture from the Milan Polytechnic, but by 1991 he had already made contact with Giulio Cappellini, for whom he designed his first piece in 1992: the Kyoto bed, presented at the Salone del Mobile in Milan the same year. From this time on Colombo’s work as a designer flowed into hundreds of projects in collaboration with the leading firms in the sector: Antonio Lupi, Arflex, Artemide, BYografia, Cappellini, DePadova, Emmemobili, EMU, F.lli Guzzini, Flou, Franke, Fusital, iGuzzini, IOC, Paola Lenti, Levi’s, Mood-Flexform, Moroso, Nube, Oluce, Penta, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Riva 1920, Rugiano, Sabattini, Serralunga, Tecno, Teuco, Varenna, Zanotta. In 2004 Colombo was named Designer of the Year in Tokyo. Between 2005 and 2011 he received the International Design Award four times from Elle Décor and he has won prizes for his projects from Gioia Casa and MD Magazine. In 2009 he was one of the winners of the Good Design Award presented by the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum. A sort of ambassador of Italian design to the world, he gives lectures and conferences in Israel, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, Ukraine, Australia, Russia, Britain, Brazil and China. Apart from product and furniture design, Colombo undertakes business and marketing promotion for companies, works on graphic design, curates exhibitions, works as consultant and art director (since 2006 and for Arflex and since 2008 for Stratex). Entrepreneurs were among the first clients for the houses he designed, but they soon commissioned showrooms, sales outlets and production facilities, like the Poliform Lab opened in 2011 in the heart of Brianza. Colombo’s work as a designer, initially focused on product and interior design, has been progressively extended to the construction sector in Italy and abroad. In 2009 he won an international competition for the design of two multi-functional towers in Abu Dhabi and his renewed interest in architecture has found scope in teaching in China, where he has lectured on design since 2011 at the De Tao Masters Academy in Beijing.
1967년 이태리 카리마테에서 태어난 그는 1993년 밀라노 공예 학교인 Milan Polytechnic 졸업 이전에, 새로운 디자이너를 발굴하는 선견지명이 있었던 질리오 카펠리니(Giulio Cappellini)의 눈에 띄어 1992년 “the Kyoto bed”를 밀라노페어에 선보이는 영광을 누렸다. 이후로는 폴리폼(Poliform)을 포함한 알플렉스(Arflex), 아르테미데(Artemide), 비요그라피아(BYografia), 카펠리니(Cappellini), 자노타(Zanotta) 등 백여개 이상의 콜라보레이션 작업에 참여하였다. 도쿄에서는 2004년을 대표하는 디자이너로 선정되었고, 2005년~2011년 다양한 Design Award 수상을 거머지며 10개국을 돌아다니며 이태리 디자인에 대한 강의를 하기도하였다. 현재 그는 가구와 인테리어 디자인 분야를 넘어서, 이태리와 세계 주요 도시의 건축프로젝트에 참여하며 그의 영역을 넓혀가고 있다.