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Vico Magistretti: 3 design icons
Rediscover the timeless charme of one of the founding fathers of Italian Design
Vico Magistretti (1920 – 2006), furniture designer, architect, close collaborator of Ernesto Rogers is among the founding fathers of the Italian Design: a creative wave which first spread in post-WWII Italy , establishing the country’s vast influence on urban design, industrial design and fashion design worldwide. A sort of golden age that saw thousand fruitful collaborations between designers and furniture brands, it was strongly encouraged and promoted by Vico Magistretti himself. He did nurture young talents who soon turned into international key authors, and over the span of 50 years he has been delivering many of the Made in Italy’s most representative objects: chairs, light pieces, tables, bed systems, kitchen units, wardrobes and bookshelves. Here follow 3 Best Sellers that still get along pretty well!
Atollo – Vico Magistretti, 1977, Oluce (cover photo)
Designed by Vico Magistretti back in 1977, it soon climbs Oluce’s top lamps chart and enters a multitude of design collections of both major museums and private houses. The Atollo Table Lamp features a circular lacquered metal base base anchoring the lamp with stylish appeal, while a sweeping metal dome-shaped shade rises up to meet the lamp holder that houses the bulb. The diffuser reflects light back onto the base, providing a unique interplay of light and shadow than enhances the essentiality of its design.
Maralunga – Vico Magistretti, 1974, Cassina
No one would know it is forty. A long-seller item featured in Cassina’s collection “I Contemporanei”, Maralunga is an actual landmark of Made in Italy design, and also a fresh new take on comfort built on interactivity. This leather sofa boasts an adjustable headrest for a high or low backrest version by inserting a simple bicycle chain inside the foam of the backrest. It also comes as an armchair, two- or three-seater sofas in different widths, and pouf. Now blowing out its 40 candles as a celebration of Cassina’s invaluable know-how and expertise.
Silver – Vico Magistretti, 1989, De Padova
Never discontinued, the chair is synonym with Vico Magistretti’s sharp and rational design approach, along with his firm optimism towards industrial mass-production processes. Based on the proportions of the legendary 811 by Marcel Breuer for Thonet, the seat replaces wood and hay with polypropylene and aluminium. Comfortable, light, versatile and sturdy, it is a go-to solution for the dining table or the studio, by easily adapting to any environment.
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