The one-man show “Vico Magistretti. Milanese Architect” is on at the Triennale di Milano until 12th September, with the collaboration of the Vico Magistretti Foundation, curation by Gabriele Neri and exhibition design by Lorenzo Bini/BINOCLE. It aims to pay homage to the creative genius, to his beginnings in these very spaces, where he obtained his first recognitions: he took part in the R.I.M.A. exhibition (Riunione Italiana per le Mostre di Arredamento/Italian Assembly of Furnishing Exhibitions) in 1946 and subsequently took part in several editions of the Triennale di Milano, including the 8th, the 9th (Gold Medal) and the 10th (Grand Prix).
The retrospective brings together drawings, sketches, models, photographs, prototypes and original pieces not just from the Magistretti archive, but also from companies, institutions and private people. It provides a full immersion in the world of one of the fathers of Italian design which, for the first time, encompasses his opera omnia, from his design pieces for the leading Made in Italy companies – Artemide, Campeggi, De Padova, Flou, Kartell, Oluce and Cassina (main sponsor) to his architectural projects.
Stefano Boeri, President of the Triennale Milano, had this to say: “Simplicity, elegance and genius are the three great components of Vico Magistretti’s design DNA, some of the main drivers of that extraordinary story which, thanks to the fertile dialogue between designers and illuminated entrepreneurs, propelled Italian design from Milan to the entire world from the second post-war period onwards.”
His hallmark was simple design, understood not as a lack of decoration but as “superimposed decoration.” “The reason I can tell you about it by telephone is that they are concepts. Simple, powerful and clear.” His language is clear and intuitive, which has ensured that his innumerable pieces have become evergreens, co-participants in the modernisation of home living design.