Vico Magistretti (October 6, 1920 - September 19, 2006) was an Italian industrial
designer, known as a furniture designer and architect.
A graduate of the Politecnico di Milano University in 1945, he became a follower
of Ernesto Nathan Rogers. He worked initially in urban design in Milan.
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, Fritz hansen, Kartell, Schiffini.
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.
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 1979
Vico Magistetti has been a honorary member and honorary visiting professor at
the London Royal College of Arts. He has also been nominated Royal Designer for
Industry by the Royal Society of Arts. He has also been a honorary member of the
Royal Scottish Incorporation of Architects.