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Vico Magistretti: from Milan to the world


Milan Triennale dedicates a retrospective exhibition to Vico Magistretti, great architect-designer who from Milan took the essentiality and beauty of the Italian style around the world.

Milan Triennale (Viale Alemagna, 6) dedicates an exhibition to Vico Magistretti, one of the masters of Italian design who took his first steps in the design world in the years after the Second World War. Made in partnership with Fondazione Vico Magistretti, curated by Gabriele Neri with a setup by Lorenzo Bini, the retrospective “Vico Magistretti Architetto milanese” puts together for the first time drawings, sketches, models, photos, prototypes and original pieces kept in the Milanese architect and designer’s archive providing a full picture of his professional pathway:

“The exhibition – explains Lorenza Baroncelli, Art Director of Milan Triennale – is an absolute novelty, because for the first time it showcases not only Vico Magistretti’s design objects but also his architecture projects. The place is a symbol. Indeed, to talk about this extraordinary architect and designer one must necessarily describe his Milanese soul, that took him around the world from the heart of this city. Magistretti had a strong influence on younger-generation designers such as Jasper Morrison and Konstantin Grcic, included in the exhibition with some tributes. The storyline of the exhibition is red, his favourite colour in big projects as well as in small details, like for example that of wearing only red socks. ‘Red’ ties together a priceless collection of objects and memories, capable of describing in an emotional, yet also accurate way the disruptive, creative and charismatic personality of Magistretti and his incredible artistic sensitivity”.

Various pieces produced by Oluce, historic lighting company managed by Magistretti as art director for many years, are included in the exhibition: among these “Atollo”, undisputed icon known worldwide as the archetype of the table lamp and winner of the 1979 Compasso D’oro; “Sonora”, suspension lamp made in 1976 and appreciated for its pure geometric shape, and “Lyndon” and “Pascal”, creations perfectly expressing Magistretti’s design aesthetics and his love for simple and essential shapes. “Vico Magistretti Architetto milanese” is open until September 12th.

Above: “Atollo” Lamp designed by Vico Magistretti in 1977 and produced by Oluce. “Atollo” won the Compasso d’oro in 1979.