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Antonio Colombo

Cinelli & Columbus (Gruppo Company) ∙ President ∙ Italy

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Antonio Colombo was born in Milan in 1950. Fisherman at the age of 8, hippie in London at 18. Tubing entrepreneur in Lambrate at 20. Gallerist in Brera at 50. None of these fundamental experiences is over yet.

 

In the mid-70s, Colombo got into his family company, A.L. Colombo, a sophisticated metallurgical factory making steel tubes for bicycles, cars (Ferrari), motorbikes (Moto Guzzi) and planes (Caproni and Piaggio). In the 30s, with the Columbus brand, the company was also a leader in producing high end steel tubes rational furniture, collaborating with worldwide known designers such as Marcel Breuer, Giuseppe Terragni and Piero Bottoni.

 

In 1976, Colombo left A.L. Colombo and detached Columbus from the rest in order to develop exclusively bicycle tubes production.

 

In the late 70s, Colombo took over Cinelli, a small high end bicycles and components company. It was the start of a revolution in producing bikes.

 

The company was transformed and the inventions of ‘design made in Cinelli’ began to find their way around the world.

 

The love for art and design that inspired Colombo’s life made another step in 1998, when he founded his own art gallery in Milan. The gallery hosted more than 120 shows with a particular attention to contemporary painting and visionary art.

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