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Designed by Joe Colombo, Italian, 1930 - 1971. Made by Boffi, Milan, Italy, 1934 - present.

Made in Italy, Europe

Designed 1963

Plastic-coated wood, plastic, stainless steel

37 3/4 x 42 1/4 x 32 inches (95.9 x 107.3 x 81.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Thompson, 2000

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  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art Handbook (2014 Edition)

    Only slightly larger than a conventional washing machine, this portable mini-kitchen contains everything necessary for food storage, preparation, and service for six people. Designed for use in a studio apartment, an office, or a garden setting, this compact, all-in-one electrically powered unit is the most famous of the multifunction products that earned Joe Colombo his reputation. An ingenious designer of furniture, glass, interiors, and lighting, Colombo led rationalist Italian design in the 1960s with objects and living units that maximized functions in minimal spaces. This kitchen belonged to American architect Benjamin Thompson, whose Design Research stores introduced avant-garde European furnishings and accessories (see, for example, the Marimekko fabric, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1983-131-4), in the United States. Kathryn Bloom Hiesinger, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2014, p. 345.

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