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Joe Colombo (Italian, 1930–1971). Multi-Chair (position studies: recto, six; verso, three), 1970. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Ignazia Favata, Studio of Joe Colombo, 1987 (1987.1096.7)

One of Joe Colombo's primary concerns as a designer was functionality—that is, the ways in which an object could be both elegant and simple while at the same time highly practical. This meant that he thought of ways to limit the amount of space an object would occupy, allowing it to be taken apart, folded together, or stacked, often resulting in it being assigned a multipurpose use. In this drawing (1987.1096.7r), Colombo himself demonstrates the many ways in which one of his last designs, the two-part Multi-Chair, could be used. A leather strap allows the two elements to be taken apart and assembled in different ways to sit, sleep, or simply hang out in one's apartment.