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Vico Magistretti Flush Mount

Italian, 1920-2006

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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Creator: Vico Magistretti
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Cirene chandeliers by Vico Magistretti for Artemide, 1960
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Vico Magistretti Flush Mount "Omega" for Artemide, XLarge
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Vico Magistretti flush mount "Omega" for Artemide, XLarge. Rare and hard to find in this size. Designed and manufactured in Italy in 1960s. Opaline Murano glass shade and metal frame...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Flush Mount

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Metal

Vico Magistretti for Artemide "Triteti" ceiling or wall light
By Artemide, Vico Magistretti
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Vico Magistretti fro Artemide "Triteti" ceiling or wall light Designed and made in Italy in 1960s Can be used as ceiling light or wall light. Take 3 medium base bulbs each. Complimen...
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Vico Magistretti for Artemide "Triteti" ceiling or wall light
By Artemide, Vico Magistretti
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Vico Magistretti fro Artemide "Triteti" ceiling or wall light Designed and made in Italy in 1960s Can be used as ceiling light or wall light. Take 3 medium base bulbs each. Complimen...
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Vico Magistretti Flush Mount "Omega" for Artemide
By Vico Magistretti, Artemide
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vico Magistretti flush mount "Omega" for Artemide. Designed and manufactured in Italy in 1960s. Opaline glass diffusers and metal frame. Complimentary US rewiring upon request. Takes...
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"Teti" Sconces by Vico Magistretti for Artemide, 20 Available
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Vintage midcentury Italian "teti" wall light with black thermoplastic body, designed by Vico Magistretti for Artemide / Made in Italy, circa 1970s Original mark on the lamp body Meas...
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Black Ivory Plastic Wall or Ceiling Teti Lamps by Vico Magistretti for Artemide
By Artemide, Vico Magistretti
Located in Varese, Lombardia
This lamp is composed by 4 single Teti lamps, joined together by an aluminum structure. It can be used as a ceiling lamp, wall lamp or mirror lamp as well. i...
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Aluminum

Black Triteti Flush Fixture, Ceiling or Wall, Vico Magistretti, Artemide, 1967
By Ignazia Favata, Claudio Dini, Artemide, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Black Triteti flush fixture, ceiling or wall, Vico Magistretti for Artemide, 1967. Triteti was designed by Vico Magistretti and Claudio Dini for Artemide in 1967. This iconic design ...
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Plastic

Red Triteti Flush Fixture, Ceiling or Wall, Vico Magistretti, Artemide, 1967
By Artemide, Ignazia Favata, Claudio Dini, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Red Triteti flush fixture, Ceiling or Wall, Vico Magistretti for Artemide, 1967. Triteti was designed by Vico Magistretti and Claudio Dini for Artemide in 1967. This iconic design ca...
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Vico Magistretti Flush Mount "Omega" for Artemide
By Artemide, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vico Magistretti flush mount "Omega" for Artemide. Designed and manufactured in Italy in 1960s. Opaline glass diffusers and metal frame. Complimentary US rewiring upon request. Takes...
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Clinio Flush Mount Ceiling Light by Vico Magistretti for Artemide
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
Clinio Flush Mount Ceiling Light by Vico Magistretti for Artemide. Designed and manufactured in Italy circa 1960's. Opaline glass diffusers .Enamele...
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Vico Magistretti flush mount for sale on 1stDibs.

Vico Magistretti flush mount are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of plastic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Vico Magistretti flush mount, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original flush mount by Vico Magistretti were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider flush mount by Achille Castiglioni, Martinelli Luce, and Gino Vistosi. Prices for Vico Magistretti flush mount can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $150 and can go as high as $4,600, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,500.
Questions About Vico Magistretti Flush Mount
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