Portrait of the prolific German designer from Italy, Luigi Colani.
Sensuality, curves and round edges are the primary features of German designer Luigi Colani's artistic work. He is able to give a poetic dimension to consumption societies' technical and industrial objects.
Born in 1928 in Berlin, to an Italian father and a Polish mother, the artist was first educated at the Berlin Beaux-Arts school, before going to Paris in 1949 to study aerodynamics. During the 1950s, he shared his creativity with car manufacturers (Fiat, Volkswagen, Ferrari, Simca, BMW, etc...) and aviation companies (Boeing, Rockwell).
Luigi Colani pressed ahead so that natural shapes were respected as much as nature itself, and he made a name of himself as the inventor of bio-design in the 1960s: this trend didn't just seek to preserve the harmony of an object's curves, but promoted a better integration of the object within its environment, by optimising its ergonomics. He applied this principle to his design of Canon's T-90 camera. An original and provocative figure in Europe, Luigi Colani is considered a master of design in Japan.