The Italian contemporary
‘To be truly contemporary, one must always have a hand in the past and a hand in the future.’ Born into a family of notable Milanese architects, Italian designer Vico Magistretti was rigid in his philosophy: there is no excuse for bad design. Dubbed one of the founding fathers of Italian design, he was widely celebrated for his experimental yet strikingly harmonious work that ranged from sleek, high concept furnishings to elaborate architectural façades. Working chiefly at the intersection of architecture, industrial design and urban planning, he began his studies in his beloved home town of Milan, marking the beginning of a life-long devotion to his craft. During the Second World War, Magistretti fled to Switzerland to escape military deportation, where he met his maestro and mentor, renowned humanist architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers, whose influence continued to shape and inspire much of Magistretti’s own aesthetic throughout his career. In the 1960s, Magistretti began working with some of the world’s leading manufacturers – from Artemide to Oluce - designing furniture and objects still considered “classics” of modern-day production. Today, his award-winning work is dotted across the globe – in galleries, museums and private residences – each piece exemplifying his uncanny ability to fuse simplicity with essentialism in contemporary design.