Vico Magistretti

The style of Vico Magistretti (1920-2006), whose furniture has always been designed for industrial reproduction, is characterised by its simple elegance. It was in the 1960s, in the midst of the Italian economic boom, that Magistretti’s style reached its peak, also through his collaboration with Cassina, a brand for which he made sofas, chairs, tables and lamps. But there are many prestigious brands, from Knoll to Artemide, that have produced furniture from his designs. Since his debut, Magistretti has been a forerunner of new trends: in 1945 for example, after graduating in architecture, he designed a bookcase supported by a floor-to-ceiling pressure structure (exhibited in the RIMA show at the Triennale in 1946). In 1947, he exhibited a bookshelf that resembles a ladder (a style still in vogue today) at the 1947 Triennale exhibition.

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