Joe Colombo Designer
Bringing forward

Design on wheels

"I designed furniture pieces proportioned to the home not only in space, but also in terms of time, elastic, flexible, articulated and extendable".

Minikitchen on castor wheels

Movement to break free from walls

Conceived in the 60s in wood, Minikitchen is now available in Corian® or marine plywood for outdoor use, intuition to integrate kitchen in small spaces

Minikitchen

Description

It was in 1963 that Joe Colombo designed for Boffi the Minikitchen, a mobile kitchen cube on wheels. This features a vision of a prophet, able to anticipate the evolution of the compact kitchen and, more generally, of contemporary living by over half a century. “Things have to be flexible”, the designer said in 1966, “my kitchen can be easily moved when not in use, it closes in a single compact volume like a box”. Minikitchen is a complete unit on wheels and electrically powered that comprises everything needed from a kitchen, even if in miniature: refrigerator, cooking range, containers, drawers for pots and dishes for six people, pull-out tray, sockets for small electric appliances, cutting boards. It won the silver medal at the XIII Triennale di Milano in 1964 and was exhibited at the MoMA in the legendary 1972 exhibition 'Italy: The New Domestic Landscape'; today it is part of the permanent collection of the New York museum and of other important museums in the world. Today this compact kitchen is proposed in a version made of white Corian® with two swivelling castors and two with block brakes: but if modifications have been made to technical aspects and materials, the form and concept remain intact. It contains a 60-liter fridge and an electric cooking plate, as well as storage compartments, chopping board, pull-out top and power sockets for small appliances. It measures just over one meter wide, one meter high, 650 mm deep.

Year

2014

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