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Kuta Oluce

Vico Magistretti, a Wall-Light, "Kuta", Oluce
By Oluce, Vico Magistretti
Located in Paris, FR
A white and black metal wall applique, the white disk shape reflector supported by a cylindrical branch fixed to a half-spherical wall-mount. Produced par O’luce, Italy. Circa 1979...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Vico Magistretti Kuta Table Lamp for Oluce, Italy, 1980s
By Oluce, Vico Magistretti
Located in Milan, IT
Minimalistic Kuta table lamp by Vico Magistretti for Oluce, Italy, 1980s.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Marble, Metal

Lampe "Kuta" Par Vico Magistretti Pour Oluce, 1978
By Vico Magistretti
Located in PARIS, FR
Lampe "Kuta" de Vico Magistretti pour Oluce. Base en marbre veiné et disque en métal laqué blanc
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Table Lamps

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Rare Set of Two "Kuta" Table Lamps by Vico Magistretti for Oluce, Italy, 1970s
By O-Luce, Vico Magistretti
Located in Milan, IT
Remarkable pair of "Kuta" table lamps by Vico Magistretti for Oluce. Minimalistic design with a
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Table Lamp Nemea Model by Vico Magistretti for Artemide
By Artemide, Vico Magistretti
Located in Milan, Italy
. Produced by Artemide in 1979, Nemea, followed the design of the Kuta lamp only one year later, modifying
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Vico Magistretti Samarcanda Sideboard in Black Wood and Skai by Poggi 1970s
By Vico Magistretti, Poggi
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Artemide, Cassina and Oluce, designing objects for them which are still “classics” of modern-day production
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Sideboards

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Faux Leather, Wood

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Vico Magistretti for sale on 1stDibs

As one of the founding fathers of modern Italian design, prolific architect and industrial designer Ludovico Magistretti (known by his nickname Vico) was guided by his philosophy, “There is no excuse for bad design.” His architectural projects are widely revered, and an ingenious meld of form and function can be found in his stylish and deceptively simple table lamps, sofas, armchairs and other mid-century furnishings.

Born in Milan, Magistretti followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather (both architects) to study architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan. At the outbreak of World War II, he fled to Switzerland, and it was there he met his role model and mentor, renowned humanist architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers. Magistretti was inspired by Rogers’s vision to revive postwar Italy, and they collaborated on several reconstruction projects. Among Magistretti’s first architectural designs is a “poetic” round church, which he created for the QT8, an experimental Milanese neighborhood.

When Magistretti returned to Milan in 1945, he worked at his father’s architectural firm. It wasn’t until the early 1950s that he expanded his talents into design while working with furniture artisans.

In the 1960s, Magistretti began his 30-year working relationship with famed entrepreneur Cesare Cassina of the Cassina furniture manufacturing company. In their design approach, the two men shared a vision of the relationship between modernity and tradition and enjoyed a close bond (Magistretti designed Cassina’s luxurious villa in 1965). However, their friendship was not without contention.

Legend has it that upon seeing the prototype for Magistretti’s Maralunga sofa, Cassina hated it so much that he punched it, breaking the back of the sofa, which crumpled into itself.

“Right, great, it looks perfect to me like that,” an unfazed Magistretti allegedly responded, and the Maralunga’s slumped, adjustable-height backrest was born. Incidentally, the Maralunga sofa won Italy’s Compasso d’Oro award as did his Eclisse lamp for Artemide and his Atollo lamp for Oluce.

Magistretti died in 2006, but his designs live on in galleries, museums and private residences and offices around the world.

Find a range of vintage Vico Magistretti furniture and lighting on 1stDibs.

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