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/

Salone 2014 – Milan Furniture Fair

Its that time of year again, the world’s greatest furniture fair Salone 2014 in Milan is about to begin. Celebrating its 53rd year, it runs from 8th to 14th April so its time to get excited – lots of cocktail parties and new designs…. can’t wait. Many of our suppliers are showing their new products –

Kartell are celebrating 10 years of Bourgie at Milan Salone 2014, sign up to find out more information. The Gold editions of the Masters chair and Componibili look interesting….

SCP‘s theme this year is “British House Style

This year marks Tom Dixon‘s debut at the Fair for Milan Design Week, where they will be showcasing their new furniture, lighting and accessories under the theme of the CLUB. Exciting new Beat light colours and designs are promised among lots of other surprises.

Gubi will be exhibiting in central Milan and showing new products from Gamfratesi.

Punt will be showcasing a very exciting addition to the iconic Literatura range

Kartell Masters Chair in Gold
Kartell Masters Chair in GOLD for Salone 2014 !!!
Salone 2014 - HAY Party
HAY – new product party invite
tom dixon salone 2014 1
Tom Dixon new lighting for Milan Salone 2014
Punt Literatura Salone 2014
Punt – new and redesigned classic Literatura

We always recommend heading into central Milan where the Brera District is a must see.  Lots of the manufacturers showrooms are here and this is where the parties and exclusive previews happen.

Brera District Milan 2014
Hip and happening Brera Design District in central Milan.

Check out this website for information on activities happening in and around Milan Centre – WWW.TORTONAROUNDESIGN.COM

This guide is really cool from Architonic and tells you what not to miss!!! – Download Guide

We can’t wait for Salone 2014, hope this has wet your appetite for more. Catch your next instalment of Milan Salone 2014 soon….

The Team at Cimmermann

CREDITS

http://www.knstrct.com/furniture-design-blog/2014/3/16/precious-kartell-philippe-starck-reimagines-the-masters-chair