22 Facts About Luigi Colani


Luigi Colani received numerous design awards, although his unconventional approach left him largely an outsider from the mainstream of industrial design.


Luigi Colani's catamaran design was a racing success in Hawaii.


Luigi Colani rebodied an Abarth Alfa Romeo design, based on two wrecked Abarth 1000 GT Coupes in the early 1960s.


Luigi Colani had developed a sufficient reputation and income by 1970 to establish a studio with a major design team at Harkotten Castle near Sassenberg, Germany.


Luigi Colani received invitations by five companies to establish a Colani Design Center Japan.


The year 1982 saw Luigi Colani relocating to Japan, where a year later he accepted a position as professor in Tokyo.


Luigi Colani continued to show his designs at international exhibitions, including a 1987 show at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.


Luigi Colani was appointed a professor at the University of the Arts Bremen, as he meanwhile prepared on a wide-scale basis to establish new speed records on land, water and air and economy world records in Utah.


Luigi Colani set records in a specially-designed Ferrari at Bonneville Speedway in 1991.


In 1989, Luigi Colani organized AUTOMORROW '89 where 12 futuristic vehicles toured the US from coast to coast in two trucks.


Luigi Colani mounted an exhibition at the Centre International de l'Automobile car museum in Paris and in 1993 held shopping center expositions through Switzerland.


Luigi Colani designed new uniforms for aircrew at Swissair, the last designs used by the airline before re-branding as Swiss in 2002.


Luigi Colani designed new optical frames presented at shows in Milan, Paris and Las Vegas and in 2001 designed a new microscope and photo camera at the Colani Shanghai office.


Luigi Colani held more than thirty exhibitions in shopping malls throughout Germany.


Luigi Colani opened of a world-leading museum of design, Pinakothek der Moderne, in Munich, Germany which featured several Colani designs.


Luigi Colani undertook a "Life on Board" project for Volvo cars and created a futuristic car design called the Speedster shark.


Luigi Colani continued his large Supertruck designs with extreme streamlining, this time for Spitzer-Silo; the result was presented at the IAA in Hanover, Germany.


Luigi Colani completed a design study for a 1,000 seat passenger airplane.


Luigi Colani completed a series of 140 sculptures of athletes for the Olympic Games in Beijing.


Luigi Colani carried out a study for a robot shaped like a baby.


Luigi Colani was married to Ya Zhen Zhao since the 1990s and resided in Shanghai, China.


Luigi Colani was a guest speaker and presenter at the 2004 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.