Luigi Colani was born in 1928 to an Italian-Swiss family in Berlin, where he studied art, before moving to Paris to pursue studies in aerodynamics and aviation engineering.
During these years of study, he discovered his interest in shapes found in nature (like fish, birds, trees, and any other living thing). He applies this fascination to the curved lines, which are often used in his art and engineering projects. This lead to the birth of BioDesign, his unique formula of 90% nature and 10% Colani, which he sees as human interpretation of nature’s shapes.
“It is fundamental that man returns to observing nature, it is here that we find perfect answers and philosophy for future generations”
“You can only preserve and protect what you know and love”
Prof. Luigi Colani, is a 3D philosopher, he is not the typical industrial designer as he is a scientist of shapes. In his 60-year career he has designed over 6.000 pieces, and his name is tied to many projects that have changed the world of design:
from researching an innovative shoe heel for Christian Dior, to the ergonomic study on the grip of the Cannon T90 camera which today is used in all cameras. He contributed to the record for speed at lowest consumption (one of many records attributed to Luigi Colani) established by his Ferrari Testa D’Oro, which reached 351 km/h in 1989. He has designed toothbrushes, Schimmel pianos, and speakers for NASA’s space shuttles.