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Luigi Colani

*  1928 Berlin

Luigi Colani started his studies at the Berlin Kunstakademie but was enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris between 1947 and 1952, where he attended lectures on aerodynamics. In 1952/53 Luigi Colani worked for aircraft maker Douglas in California, testing the aerodynamic properties of new plastic materials. Plastic materials also play a major role in Luigi Colani's design projects. From 1954 the designer objects Luigi Colani created are in the organic form language typical of his work as an industrial designer. He called it "bio-design" since the forms are derived from nature. Luigi Colani designed the chassis of cars and racing cars for Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Volkswagen, and BMW. In addition, Luigi Colani designed utilitarian objects used in all areas of life. For Rosenthal, Luigi Colani designed the "Drop" tea service in 1970 and between 1971 and 1973 "Körperform" glass fiber chairs for Fritz Hansen. No matter whether it's a high-speed vehicle or a vessel: Luigi Colani's objects boast softly fluid forms that often look futuristic and "fast", that is, seem to have been aerodynamically optimized. In 1972 Luigi Colani established a design factory in Sassenberg near Rheda. From the late 1970s Luigi Colani worked for prestigious Japanese firms such as Canon, Sony, and Mazda, where his designs were highly appreciated. From 1982 until 1987 Colani lived er in Japan. In 1986 the "T90" digital camera Luigi Colani designed for Canon was launched. In 1987 Luigi Colani opened a research studio in Bern, where visionary studies for hypersonic aircraft, aerodynamic sporting equipment, and high-speed trains were brought forth. In 1989 Luigi Colani presented thirteen streamlined vehicles that made speed records in Utah. Near Shanghai, Lugi Colani planned "Bio-City", a city for scientists where form and function were derived from the human body. In 1995 Luigi Colani was made a professor at Tong-Ji University in Shanghai. In 2001 he caused a sensation with the "Colani Truck", a truck with a futuristic look based on aerodynamic form. The Colani Research Center has existed in Karlsruhe since 2002. Luigi Colani is one of the most famous designers in the world, known for both his name on all his designs and products and his inimitable "biodynamic" signature language of forms.