Vico Magistretti

Milan, 6 October 1920 | 19 September 2006

PORTRAIT OF A MAN

‘irony
bourgeoisie
golf
sobriety
England
travel
red socks’

PORTRAIT OF AN ARCHITECT

‘Italian rationalism
reconstruction
tradition
innovation
simplicity
rigour
concept
telephone
chat’

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MANUAL SKILL

There was an extremely powerful group of small craftsmen who were absolutely invaluable. Invaluable because they enabled us to produce our models, I don’t mean with our own hands but with theirs, knowing, understanding whether or not they could use their own discretion.

Vico Magistretti always said he would never have known how to make the joint between the leg and the seat of a chair, for example. He added that in any case he would have developed that chair with someone who had made them in spades, so it would have been he who told him which joint was the best, the strongest, the simplest to make …. 

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Incastro sedia Carimate, courtesy Cassina

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Vico Magistretti in Cassina, courtesy-Cassina