Vico Magistretti

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Vico Magistretti (October 6, 1920 - September 19, 2006) was an Italian industrial designer, known as a furniture designer and architect.

Carimate Chair designed by Vico Magistretti in 1959 and produced by Cassina
Carimate Chair designed by Vico Magistretti in 1959

Education[edit]

A graduate of the Politecnico di Milano University in 1945, Magistretti became a follower of Ernesto Nathan Rogers. He worked initially in urban design in Milan.

Production[edit]

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 (Company), Fritz hansen, Kartell, Schiffini.

Museum exhibits[edit]

Chaise Longue 1996

Magistretti's works have been shown in the most important international museums in Europe, USA, and Japan. Some have also been included in various permanent exhibitions museums such as MoMa.

Awards[edit]

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.

Affiliations and fellowships[edit]

Vico Magistetti has been an honorary member and honorary visiting professor at the London Royal College of Arts and has taught at Domus Academy in Milan. He has also been nominated Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts. He has also been an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Incorporation of Architects.

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