Vico Magistretti (1920-2006) was an Italian Industrial designer, furniture designer and architect. Son of Architect Pier Giulio, he worked at his father’s firm with the architect Paolo Chessa after graduating. He moved to Switzerland during the second world war to avoid being deported to Germany and came under the influence of humanist architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers.
One of Magistretti’s first projects was the “poetic” round church built in the Milan neighborhood of QT8, known for it’s experimental architecture. He later designed mass-produced furniture and lighting for companies such as Cassina, Artemide, De Padova, Flou, Fritz Hansen, Kartell and Schiffini. His Maralunga Sofa design for Cassina is still in production today and one of their most popular designs. He has won several design awards, including the Gold Medal of the Chartered Society of Industrial Artists and Designers in 1986.
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.”