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Kartell’s reissue of Joe Colombo’s 4801 Armchair, designed in 1965, in its three colors -- crystal, white and black
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Joe Colombo

THE COMEBACK KID
by Brook S. Mason

The furniture of the Italian pioneering designer Joe Colombo (1930-1971) wasn’t always held in high regard in this country.

“Back in the ‘60s, people would put his designs on the back porch and then toss them, because they were plastic,” says Zesty Myers of the Tribeca-based R20th Century. Now, Myers is working to change that perception with the important if short-run “Homage to Joe Colombo,” Feb. 1-10, 2012, an exhibition at his gallery devoted to the designer, who also painted as part of the 1950s "Nuclear Movement."

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