A Movable Fete
By Diana Budds / Published by Dwell
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Joe Colombo hit the industrial design scene in the 1960s and made his name by forecasting a future that upended traditional perspectives on furniture. One such invention is Living Center, a family of pieces designed in 1970 for the German company Rosenthal. The lounge chairs include slide-out trays and movable cushions that can be used as footrests, backrests, or booster seats for meals. A compact service console features compartments that can hold all the trappings of a party—playing cards and games, glassware and bottles, books and magazines, and speakers for a record player. Not shown—but equally important—is a unit that morphs from a makeshift kitchen (complete with an electric hot plate, drink cooler, and enough tableware and cutlery for six people) to a dining table. Each element is set on wheels or casters to easily usher people through a get-together, from aperitif to after-dinner conversation.

Photo by Ignazia Favata / StudioJoe Colombo, Milano

Photo by Ignazia Favata / StudioJoe Colombo, Milano

Diana Budds


A New York-based writer, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis. Before rising to Senior Editor at Dwell—where she helped craft product coverage, features, and more—Diana worked in the Architecture and Design departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She counts finishing a 5K as one of her greatest accomplishments, gets excited about any travel involving trains, and her favorite magazine section is Rewind. Learn more about Diana at: http://dianabudds.com

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