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/

Kartell – Plastic Fantastic

Kartell is an Italian company that makes and sells plastic contemporary furniture. The company, based in Milan, began manufacturing automobile accessories in 1949. It expanded into home furnishings in 1963. Kartells main aim and challenge was to introduce plastic to the home and to replace glass with plastic, not only for the home but for laboratory equipment.

In 1999 Kartell opened their very own museum to highlight and document the technology and rich history of their product design.

Kartell’s ethics are all about pushing the boundaries with what can be done with plastic. The combination of World famous designers who collaborate with Kartell to acheive this, include Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Antonio Citterio, Ferruccio Laviani, Piero Lissoni, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders, Vico Magistretti and Maarten Van Severen.

Some of our stand out products from the Kartell range are shown below.

Kartell Taj Mini
Kartell Taj Mini lights, LED touch technology at its best

The Taj Mini light introduced to the collection in 2103 features a touch dimmer on the head of the curve that controls and allows you to dim the LED light. A simple yet stunning design available in 7 different colours.

Cool Kitchen
Sleek Italian Kitchen with Kartell Masters Chairs and TopTop table designed by Philippe Starck

One of our favourite products is the Masters Dining chair. A powerful tribute to the three chair symbol, re-read and re-interpreted by the creative genius of Philippe Starck. The “Series 7” or Ant Chair by Arne Jacobsen, The “Tulip Armchair” by Eero Saarinen and the “DSR” or Eiffel Tower Chair by Charles and Ray Eames interweave their unmistakable silhouettes into a sinuous hybrid giving life to a fusion of original and engaging styles. Amazing design with the chair having a special finish making it feel velvety and sensual to the touch. The Masters Chair was honoured with the prestigious “2010 Good Design Award” presented by the Chicago Athenaeum – Museum of Architecture and Design. Masters Chair is light, practical, comes in 6 colours, can be stacked and used outdoors.

Louis Ghost Chair and Jolly Table by Kartell
Louis Ghost Chair and Jolly Table by Kartell

One of the most recognisable products is the Louis Ghost Chair designed by Philippe Starck. Louis Ghost Transparent dining chair is an icon of modern day furniture design. Reinventing the classic Louis XV armchair for Kartell, the playful Louis Ghost Armchair is typical of Philippe Starcks imagination and Kartells skill with creating amazing furniture. Louis Ghost can be stacked upto 6 chairs high and can be used indoor or outdoor. Available in 2 solid Glossy colours or 6 equally stunning Transparent colours.

Bourgie Light
Bourgie Light looks striking against this zingy wallpaper

Bourgie is one of Kartells best sellers, becoming an icon of Modern Lighting design. Kartells skill with this light is combining classic style, richness and tradition with innovation and irony. The baroque style base is composed of 3 interconnecting decorated layers, while the large lampshade is made with a pleated effect to create a myriad play of reflections when the light is turned on. The lampshades unique attachment system lets the user set the height to 3 different settings – 68, 73 or 78cm.

Kartell Products
Iconic Kartell products including Bookworm, Attila the Gnome, Eros, Bubble, Spoon Chair, Comback ….

Watch some interesting videos about Kartell products on the their YouTube channel by clicking here.

With over 60 years trading Kartell are a giant in Italian furniture and lighting design. Buying a piece of Kartell means your being into a special and rich history…. We love Kartell!!!

The Team at Cimmermann

Images Credits –
http://www.kartell.it/

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