Vico Magistretti

Italian Architect and Designer

Vico Magistretti was born in Milan on 6th October 1920. He came from a family of generations of architects: his great-grandfather Gaetano Besia built the Reale Collegio delle Fanciulle Nobili in Milan; his father, Pier Giulio Magistretti, was involved in the design of the Arengario in Piazza del Duomo.

He went on to become another of Italy’s most prolific and influential product designers. The 70’s saw Magistretti’s architectural enterprises increasingly backed up by his work as a designer. One of his most recognisable products is the Maralunga Sofa which won a Golden Compass award in 1979. Maralunga defines the 70’s era of furniture design with its movable back rests offering pure comfort.

Maralunga Sofa
Vico Magistretti’s Maralunga Sofa – a design classic
He also designed a set of lamps for Artemide, including Mania (1963), Dalù (1965), Chimera (1966), the extremely famous Eclisse (1967, Golden Compass award 1967),Teti (1970) and Impiccato (1970).

Artemide Eclisse by Vico Magistretti
Artemide Eclisse Light – the light can be altered by moving the diffuser
Artemide Dalu
Artemide Dalu – simple and original

For many years Magistretti was also the art director and main designer for Oluce, giving the company’s production range its own unmistakable style. His masterpieces and most iconic light recognised all over the world is most notably Atollo (1977, Golden Compass Award 1979.
Oluce Atollo Light by Vico Magistretti
Oluce Atollo Light by Vico Magistretti

His business partnership with Kartell resulted in the creation of Maui Chair (1996) & Nihau Chair (1996) – which is made from one single piece of plastic with metal legs. An affordable chair it is excellent for the home or in a more commercial environment.

Kartell Nihau Chair
Vico Magistretti – Kartell Nihau Chair

In 2013 Kartell re-issued a new soft version of the Maui chair. Covered in Kvadrat Divina fabric it offers a different take on the original with extra comfort.

Kartell Maui Soft Chair
Kartell Maui Soft Chair covered in Kvadrat Divina fabric

In 1997 the Milan “Salone del Mobile” dedicated a special exhibition to Vico Magistretti, alongside another on Gio Ponti, organised by Vanni Pasca. The installation was designed by Achille Castiglioni and Ferruccio Laviani.

Introduce a bit of classic Italian Design into your home, shop our selection of Vico Magistretti’s products.

The Team at Cimmermann

Credits

http://www.vicomagistretti.it/en/

Terence Woodgate – Solid Lights

New Lighting range from design legend

Solid Lights by Terence Woodgate feature LED pendants and surface mounted downlights in natural materials such as Carrara and Nero Marquina marble, oak and walnut. The collection is optimised for MEGAMAN® high lumen output LED lamps, with excellent glare control for comfort. Solid is designed with effective thermal cooling for LED performance and longevity.

The design of Solid Lights means low glare and a direct even beam of light
The design of Solid Lights means low glare and a direct even beam of light

A design feature that appeals to us is a unique support design which enables the fitting on the pendant version to be adjusted so that it hangs completely vertical and true.

With the ceiling mounted version all the fittings are hidden and a small shadow gap between the ceiling and shade allows for lamp cooling.

As marble and wood is a natural material the hue and veining will vary from piece to piece, making each shade body unique. You can get a cylinder or cone version in both the ceiling and pendant versions of Solid light.

Terence Woodgate - Solid Cylinder Pendant
Solid Cylinder Pendant in Carrara Marble. When turned on the marble becomes almost translucent
Terence Woodgate - Solid in Oak
Solid Oak Cylinder version, beautiful detail on the wood
Terence Woodgate - Conical Solid light
Love the conical shape and black-stained oak finish
Solid Light - Walnut Ceiling
Stunning downlight ceiling version finished in luxurious walnut
As with all of Woodgate’s design’s everything is considered and designed with a purpose. Even the packaging is so cool – we love it!

Solid Light packaging
Cool packaging!!!!
The Solid lighting range is perfect for home use and would also look great in a bar, restaurant or more commercial environment.

Black Marble Solid Downlight
Black Marble Solid Downlight
Currently in the design stages but hopefully available soon the Megaman bulbs will be available with a chip included in the fitting and an app for your phone so you can control the levels of lighting, turn on/off with the touch of a button on your phone – exciting.

Solid Lights are now available too buy online from our shop.

The Team At Cimmermann

London Design Festival

Our Guide - things to do in London

From 13th to 21st September London will become a haven for the world’s best design and designers. London is fast catching up with Milan as one of the worlds design capitals. While your there be inspired with good food, drink, architecture and design.

Some of our recommendations not to be missed –

Tent London and Super Brands

Held at the Truman Brewery, a cool mecca for design and inspiration. Constantly evolving, always thought provoking; design trade shows Tent London & Super Brands London have carved out an impressive reputation as the most creative of the hubs that anchor the London Design Festival, a beacon for anyone looking to discover the best contemporary design.

Truman Brewery in East London
Truman Brewery in East London
DesignJunction

Designjunction has firmly established itself as the leading destination
for contemporary interior design and culture, held annually during the London Design Festival and Salone del Mobile, Milan. Known for its uncompromising selection of leading global brands, designjunction is at the forefront of delivering cutting-edge design within an expertly curated space. Located on Oxford Street it couldn’t be more central.

DesignJunction - cool setting
DesignJunction – cool setting
Tom Dixon Presents The Club

Inspired by the classic heritage of the British members club, tempered by Dixon’s misspent youth in discotheques, Tom Dixon explore’s the newly fashionable ways of working, playing and relaxing in extraordinary environments of the new clubland.

Tom Dixon - The Dock
Tom Dixon – The Dock
100% Design

A more mainstream show but worth a visit, its held in the iconic Earls Court. This year Philippe Starck is officially opening the show, being such a character he’s always worth seeing. Vitra are also exhibiting there this year and always come up with amazing stand displays.

Philippe Starck to open 100% Design
Philippe Starck to open 100% Design
When you’ve had enough of the shows why not try out our recommendations for some refreshments, retail therapy and culture –

Polpo

Polpo is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young local wines. Some amazing Venetian food at reasonable prices.

Polpo in Smithfields - ©-Paul-Winch-Furness
Polpo in Notting Hill – ©-Paul-Winch-Furness
Canteen

For some great British grub check out Canteen. Based at Royal Festival Hall or Spitalfields it serves some cracking gastro pub style grub – very nice pies!!!

Canteen at Spitalfields
Canteen at Spitalfields

London Design Museum
London Design Museum located near Tower Bridge is always worth a visit. The recent Paul Smith exhibition was a real highlight for us.

London Design Museum
London Design Museum
YMC
Need some new clothes for the trip, check out YMC based at 23 Hanbury Street in East London. Their clothes are always unique and their shop(s) are pretty cool too!

YMC Shop front
YMC Shop front
Margaret Howell
Not only does Margaret Howell sell some amazing clothes her shop in Wigmore Street is a design haven of vintage furniture and other items for the home.

Margaret Howell
Margaret Howell’s beautiful shop in Wigmore Street
Hope our guide to London Design Festival has helped – have fun!

The Team At Cimmermann

Main image “London Skyline” is designed by Christopher Dina

Timorous Beasties – coolest prints on the planet

Wallpaper & Fabric from Scotland

Timorous Beasties was established in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. Today, the studio is a diverse operation and has emerged as a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed icon.

Timorous Beasties’ work embodies a unique diversity of pattern, ranging from design that echoes a golden age of copperplate engraving (a time-honoured classic is the Thistle range; or Merian Palm superwide wallpaper) to example of a distinctly edgy nature, an elegant transgression, a display of chic irreverence. Yet, the studio fully engages a design discourse with textiles history by lending an aesthetic evolution to time-honoured motifs.

Timorous Beasties New York Toile
Timorous Beasties New York Toile

With their range of Toiles, by reversing the context of toiles de Jouy, they transformed the traditional toile device to create an exclusively modern urban genre. The New York Toile above is their newest Toile, looks great in the Red/Pink colourway.

Glasgow Toile
Unique and original – Glasgow Toile on an Ercol Daybed
Open Season by Timorous Beasties
Open Season by Timorous Beasties – Stags heads!!!
Oriental Orchid wallpaper
Rather racy Oriental Orchid wallpaper

The Oriental Orchid pattern is an extravagant 4 screen hand printed wallpaper. With the Oriental Orchid design, the organic meets the graphic: delicate orchids boldly intertwine with subtle print images from a Japanese Manga cartoon, depicting activities of depraved sexual appetite. 

Timorous Beasties Tree of Life fabric
Tree of Life fabric

Some of Timorous Beasties clients include Famous Grouse, Nike, Fortnum & Mason, and Philip Treacy. The Studio’s gallery of cultural design commissions includes the Edinburgh International Festival 2009 graphics and book covers for Penguin, Magna, and Granta.

Ranking among the Studio’s strong record for bespoke furnishing and installation commissions are the V&A boardroom, UK Supreme Court, Wellcome Trust, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Robert Burns Museum. Exteriors range from engraved stone cladding for Bristol’s Cabot Circus to the extravagant aluminium decorative façade for Princes Square, Glasgow. Christies, Claridges, the Inter-Continental Hotel Group, and Hilton-Waldorf Astoria rank among a heady list of our commercial clients.

Since forming Timorous Beasties have collaborated with some of furniture elite brands including  Ercol, SCP , and the design cult classic duo, .nobody&co.

Timorous Beasties are always unique and by incorporating their designs into your home or place of work will make sure it stands out from the crowd. If you want to see how their wallpaper would look on your wall use this clever tool on their website

The Team at Cimmermann