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Ludovico Magistretti

(b. 1920)


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(1920– )

One of Italy's most important furniture designers in the second half of the 20th century, Magistretti graduated from Milan Polytechnic in 1945. He worked for a number of well‐known companies including Cassina, Artemide, and Rosenthal. After a period in his father's architectural practice he set up on his own as an architect and designer. In common with many other architects experiencing a shortage of commissions in the ricostruzione period following the end of the Second World War Magistretti turned his hand to furniture, interior, and product design. One of the pioneers of stylish plastic furniture design, his elegant designs for Artemide included the Selene stacking chair, designed in 1961 and produced in a variety of bright colours from 1966 onwards, and the Gaudi chair (1979). Other designs for Artemide included the spherical Eclipse table lamp (1966) and circular Mania wall lamp (1969). He also designed the Model 115 chair (1964) for Cassina, a painted wooden framed chair with rush seating that acknowledged vernacular precedents. Other designs for the company included the Maralunga (1979) and Sinbad chairs (1981), the latter a sculptural concept inspired by a traditional horse blanket, thrown over a metal frame. Other companies that commissioned work from Magistretti included O‐Luce, De Padova, and Rosenthal Studio‐Haus. He was awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1967 and 1979 and taught at the Royal College of Art.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.


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