Vico Magistretti

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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/