Vico Magistretti

archietect - designer (1920-2006)

The work and research of Vico Magistretti attraversno have the history of Italian design, which is one of the undisputed fathers.Born October 6, 1920 in Milan, graduated in architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1945. A student of Ernesto Nathan Rogers has also studied at the "College Italien Champ de Lausanne".

Besides being an architect and designer, Vico Magistretti is known to be one of the most successful planners in Italy.

In 1956 he was among the founders of ADI, the Industrial Design Association. Become a member of CIAM in 1958.

Academy of St. Luca (1967). Since 1983 he is Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London, where in 1990 he was appointed Honorary Professor and Senior Fellow in 1996.

In 1986 he was Honorary Fellow Honoris Cause of RIAS of Aberdeen. In 1992 he was Honorary Royal Designer for Industry RSA of London.

Among the awards given to Vico Magistretti: Gold Medal at the IX Triennale 1951; Golden Compass 1967; Two Golden Compasses 1979, two Career Golden Compasses 1995; Two Gold Medals and two Silver at Wiener Möbelsalons International in 1970, the Gold Chair Möbelsalons of Cologne 1982; Gold Medal SIAD of London Gold Medal 'Apostle of design "Milan 1997.

He has participated in exhibitions and conferences held in Europe, America and Japan. His design works are in the permanent collections of MOMA in New York and 13 other American and European museums. Among his works of architecture in Milan, the church at QT8, the Tower by way of Oak Park, the Tower of Aquileia yard, the house in Via S. Marco, the site of the State University Department of Biology, villas Azzate, Arenzano, Carimate, the Municipality of Cusano Milanino, a house in Tokyo, the Center Cavagnari Savings Bank of Parma; Tecnocentro Savings Bank of Bologna Station Underground storage of Milan.

"In design, what matters is the concept expressed by a sketch." From a sketch to form: Vico Magistretti has never made technical drawings, but sketches that express the idea. Convinced that certain pieces are conceptually simple that they can be communicated by phone.

Sketches, drawn at random times on the back of an envelope, on the page of a newspaper, the Metro ticket.
His way of doing so brings him to talk with engineers and producers, in a debate and an exchange of ideas on the implementation of the product: "Design means talking together.

"In the field of Industrial Design has collaborated with many companies including Artemide, Cassina, De Padova, Soft, FontanaArte, Fredericia, Fritz Hansen, Camping, Kartell, O-Luce, Schiffini, Olivari for whom he designed some of the products most important of the series production of Italian industrial design: chairs, lamps, tables, beds, kitchens, wardrobes, bookcases. Almost all still in production.

Among the best known design projects by Vico Magistretti:

Carimate, sedia - 1960 - Terence Coran, Cassina
Arcadia 80 e 100, - tavoli - 1966
Demetrio 45 e 70, - tavolo - 1966
Elena, tavolo -1966
Stadio, tavolo -1966
Eclisse, lampada - 1967
Selene, sedia -1969
Gaudì, sedia - 1970
Vicario, poltrona - 1971
Atollo, lampada da tavolo - 1977 - O luce
Vidun, tavolo - 1987 - De Padova
Silver, seduta - 1989 - De Padova
Maui, sedia impilabile - 1998 - Kartell