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Vico Magistretti

Vico Magistretti (1920 - 2006) is an architect by education, he built dozens of public buildings and private houses, and was one of those who shaped the appearance of Italian post-war architecture. Outside the homeland, he is better known as a designer.
Vico was born on October 6, 1920 in Milan. He was the son of an architect. During the Second World War, Vico, like many other Italian anti-fascists, left for neutral Switzerland. There he met Joe Ponti (Gio Ponti) and Ernesto Nathan Rogers (Ernesto Nathan Rogers) - an architect who developed a whole program of post-war reconstruction of Italy and new construction.
Soon after meeting Ernesto Nathan Rogers, Vico came under his influence, and the years of exile were very fruitful. At that time, Magistretti was involved in the construction of the QT8 experimental quarter on the outskirts of Milan. For QT8 he built the round church of Santa Maria Nascente (Nativity of the Virgin), and also participated in the design of apartment buildings for former military personnel.
He returned to Milan in 1945, where he graduated from the Polytechnic University. Magistretti did not leave the architecture throughout his career, but already in the early 1950s he began to design furniture in a new modern style for Italy. One of the iconic items was the Carimate wooden chair, which Magistretti (a big fan of golf) designed in 1959 for his own built golf club on Lake Como. Cesare Cassina (Cesare Cassina) in 1960 launches Carimate in mass production, and the chair becomes a bestseller for all time.
Vico Magistretti does a lot to develop and support Italian design. At the 9th and 10th Triennale exhibitions (in 1951 and 1954), his furniture receives a gold medal and a Grand Prix. In 1956, he co-founded ADI, the Italian Design Association, and joined the jury of the Compasso dOro Prize.
Later, he was repeatedly among the arbitrators of this prestigious award. The late 1960s and the entire 1970s Magistretti worked hard for Cassina and Artemide. For many years, remains the art director and chief designer of Oluce. Later, in the 1980s and 90s, De Padova, Fritz Hansen, Campeggi, Fredericia, Kartell, Fontana Arte, Schiffini, Flou will be added to this list.
In 1969, Artemide launches his Selene chair - along with the Werner Panton and Universale Joe Colombos Panton chair, it was practically the first solid fiberglass cast chair in the history of design. Glossy, vibrant, expressive, Selene seemed a pop art object. At the same time, he had a number of valuable consumer qualities: inexpensive prime cost, increased stability thanks to innovative S-shaped legs, a rare opportunity in those years to stack chairs on top of each other. Despite the huge success of the model, it has long been discontinued, and now you can get only collectible copies.
Magistretti design items are included in the collections of prestigious museums around the world. Including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Triennale of Milan, the Metropolitan and others. The New York MOMA alone holds twelve items by the maestro, including a Selene chair, an Eclisse lamp (Artemide, 1967), a Maralunga chair (Cassina, 1973) and a table lamp Atollo (Oluce, 1977) is one of the main masterpieces of lighting design of the twentieth century. In 1994, Magistretti received the fourth Golden Compass for his services throughout his career.