Joe Colombo - Design London Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Rome

  • Literature

    'New Italian Design', Domus, no. 432, November 1965, pp. 28, 31
    Giuliana Gramigna, Repertorio 1950/1980, Milan, 1985, p. 224
    Mateo Kries, Joe Colombo Inventing the Future, exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 2005, p. 168, fig. 143 for a drawing, p. 169, fig. 146

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of Joe Colombo’s first examples of freestanding furniture units, Personal Container, is an excellent representation of the architect’s intentions in redefining space according to a modern lifestyle. The variety of functions required for such complex living drove him to challenge the relationship between objects, which he systematically laid out in a self-contained space.

    Personal Container includes its own electrical system which supports a lamp, a radio and a vinyl record player. The unit, which can be folded to facilitate transport or used as a screen, is also equipped with a pipe rack, an ashtray, a bookcase, a disc holder and a drinks cabinet.

    Another example of the present model Personal Container is included in the permanent collection of the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein.


Rare 'Personal Container'

circa 1965
Walnut-veneered wood, walnut, brushed aluminium, felt.
Open: 180.8 x 217 x 76 cm (71 1/8 x 85 3/8 x 29 7/8 in.)
Closed: 181 x 82.3 x 46.5 cm (71 1/4 x 32 3/8 x 18 1/4 in.)

Manufactured by Arflex, Milan, Italy.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £18,750

Contact Specialist
Madalena Horta e Costa
Head of Sale
+44 20 7318 4019


London Auction 21 September 2016