Luigi Colani, Stuttgart-Flughafen in 2007
Birth As August 2 as 1928
Berlin , Germany
Death As September 16 as 2019 (91 years old) Karlsruhe ( Germany )
Education Painting and sculpture
Educated in Berlin Academy of Arts
Occupation Industrial designer , University professor
Employer University of the Arts Bremen
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Style [ edit ]
The main characteristic of his designs are their rounded, organic shapes that are defined by himself under the term “Biodynamics” which also aims to gather ergonomic claims superior to traditional applications. 2 3
“The earth is round, all celestial bodies are also round; they all move in circular or elliptical orbits. This same image is that of a circular globe formed by mini worlds that orbit each other as if they were microcosms. we wake up even in the presence of round shapes related to eroticism and the propagation of the species. Why should I join the deviation of the mass that wants to make everything angular? I will follow the philosophy of Galileo Galilei. My world, is also round!” - Luigi Colani. 4
His unconventional designs have made him famous all over the world, not only in design circles, also before the general public being awarded and praised, but also disowned and criticized since some of his vehicle designs are so narrow that they make the only way to use them is by expelling all the air and stopping breathing or pointing to some part of the body to enter, which is why many of their designs remain conceptual. 7 8 9 October November
Among the musical instruments designed, the striking grand piano used by the singer and composer Prince, created by Colani, manufactured and sold by the Schimmel company, stands out.
Life and career [ edit ]
1950s [ edit ]
In 1953, he was head of the Materials New Projects group at McDonnell Douglas in California.
In 1957, he changed his first name Lutz, to be called Luigi from now on.
In 1958, he realized the catamaran design was a racing success in Hawaii.
Returning to cars, in 1959 he introduced the world’s first monocoque sports car, the BMW 700 , and in 1960 the world’s first serial kit car, the Colani GT, sold 1700 copies.
1960s [ edit ]
In the 1960s, its design range broadened to include furniture in addition to some household items. 15
In 1963 he made his version of the piggy bank elephant “Piggy Bank Elefant”. 16
In 1965, he gained worldwide success with furniture designs for Asko, Fritz-Hansen, Cor, Kusch + Co, he also became famous with the Abarth redesign of Alfa Romeo, taking elements from unsuccessful versions of the Abarth 1000 GT Coupé. . 17
In 1966 he showed his sports coupé design at the IAA in Frankfurt.
F1 car redesigned by Colani.
1970s [ edit ]
Beginning in the 1970s, it expanded further into areas ranging from household items (with kitchens), accessories (pens), and appliances (televisions) to even clothing (uniforms) and heavy-duty vehicles (trucks).
But not all of his designs were hits. among which is the failure in the design for an Olympic line boat, he also developed his first aerodynamic design of trucks, according to him, “it was a direct response to the world oil crisis”, which went unnoticed . ’ 18
By 1972, he had developed a reputation and sufficient income to establish a studio with a large design team at Harkotten Castle near Sassenberg, Germany. The studio was a huge success, with work and exhibitions around the world, carrying out projects for many major companies. Meanwhile, he continued innovations in automobile design, including design of the Eifelland E21 of Formula 1 (based on the March 721 ). 19 20
In 1973, he made his first study trip to the Far East, during which Japanese buyers recognized Colani’s potential and received invitations from various companies to establish a Colani Japan Design Center. During this decade, the “Drop” teapot that he designed for Rosenthal, a world leader in porcelain, was purchased for inclusion in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. Later, (in 1999, Rosenthal would reissue a special edition of his now famous design). 21 22
Prototype Trucks with Trailer, Designed by Colani
In 1976 when tasked with designing the Fanliner RFB, the first plastic sports aircraft with a Wankel rotary engine. 23
By 1978, his groundbreaking truck, plane, car, and ship studios had begun to be seen frequently in exhibitions around the world. His interest in fuel economy continued into the 1980s
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