Prolific and eclectic designer
Born in Milan in 1920, Vico Magistretti graduated from the town's Politecnico 1945. Although he mainly worked in the fields of town planning and architecture, he soon became an established designer for the industrial, lighting, furniture and interior design sectors. He worked for numberless leading companies and published an equally numerous amount of articles in trade journals.
He was the first Italian designer to use plastic elements in his creations and received a number of career and merit awards since the 50's: the Medaglia d'Oro at the 9th edition of the Triennale di Milano in 1951, the Compasso d'Oro in 1967 for the Eclisse lamp and in 1979 for the Apollo lamp and the Moralunga armchair, and the Compasso d'Oro for career achievements in 1985. He was appointed executive panel member at the 12th edition of the Triennale di Milano.
In 2002 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Industrial Design at Milan's Politecnico and in 2003 he became a member of the Scientific Committee of Milan's Politecnico Foundation. A few years later, in 2005, he was given the "Abitare il tempo" special award. His latest design projects were presented at the 2008 Salone del Mobile trade fair. His works are currently displayed as part of the permanent collections of the MoMA in New York and other museums in America and Europe.