|Born||October 6, 1920|
|Died||September 19, 2006(aged 85)|
|Alma mater||Politecnico di Milano|
|Awards||Gold Medal at the 1951 Trienniale, Grand Prix at the 1954 Trienniale, two Compasso d'Oro awards in 1967 and 1979, the Gold Medal of the Chartered Society of Industrial Artists & Designers in 1986|
|Practice||furniture designer and architect|
Vico Magistretti (October 6, 1920 - September 19, 2006) was an Italian industrial designer, known as a furniture designer and architect. A collaborator of humanist architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers, one of Magistretti's first projects was the "poetic" round church in the experimental Milan neighborhood of QT8. He later designed mass-produced appliances and furniture for companies such as Cassina S.p.A., and won several awards, including the Gold Medal of the Chartered Society of Industrial Artists & Designers in 1986.
Early life, education
Vico Magistretti was born on October 6, 1920 in Milan, Italy. He was the son of an architect. During the second world war, to avoid being deported to Germany, on September 8, 1943 he left Italy during his military service and moved to Switzerland. While in the country he taught at the local university and took courses at the Champ Universitaire Italien in Lausanne.
While in Switzerland he met Ernesto Nathan Rogers, who turned out to be his maestro. According to The Guardian, "He soon came under the influence of the architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers, whose humanist ideas for the reconstruction of postwar Italy inspired a whole series of intellectuals. At that time Magistretti took part in work on the extraordinary experimental neighbourhood on the edge of Milan known as QT8, where a group of architects and planners were given complete freedom. Magistretti built its "poetic" round church."
After graduation he worked at the firm owned by his father, Pier Giulio, with the architect Paolo Chessa.
He worked initially in urban design in Milan. In the 1950s he moved into the field of mass-produced furniture and lamps. Some became museum pieces. Among other, he worked for the following companies: Artemide, Cassina, De Padova, Flou, Fritz hansen, Kartell, Schiffini.
According to The Guardian, "His first great success came with the world famous Carimate chair produced by the Cassina company. The chair was a bestseller for years and mixed rural simplicity (the straw of the seat) with urban sophistication. There were the smooth lines of the wooden supports and legs, the colour, the pop-art bright red frame and elements of Scandinavian design."
Vico Magistretti received many awards, among which: the Gold Medal at the 1951 Trienniale, the Grand Prix at the 1954 Trienniale, two Compasso d'Oro awards in the years 1967 and 1979 as well as the Gold Medal of the Chartered Society of Industrial Artists & Designers in 1986.
|1986||Chartered Society of Industrial Artists & Designers||Magistretti||Gold Medal|
Affiliations and fellowships
He taught for 20 years at the Royal College of Arts in London, and was nominated as a royal designer. He also taught at Domus Academy in Milan, and has also been an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Incorporation of Architects.
Personal life, death
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