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Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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
Kartell Maui Swivel Chair Adjustable in Zinc White by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Plastic

Kartell Maui Soft Trevira Armchair in Acid Green by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Kartell Maui Swivel Chair Adjustable in Pale Grey by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Plastic

Kartell Maui Soft Trevira Armchair in Beige by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Steel

Vico Magistretti ‘Carimate’ Dining Chairs with Rush Seating
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vico Magistretti, set of four dining chairs, model ‘Carimate’, lacquered beech, rush, Italy, designed circa 1960 The ‘Carimate’ chair is one of Vico Magistretti’s most famous chai...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Rush, Wood

Vicario by Artemide Armchair ABS, Italy, 1960s-1970s
By Artemide, Vico Magistretti
Located in Milano, IT
Armchair in plastic material (ABS).
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Plastic

Space Age Vintage Yellow Plastic Armchair Gaudi by Vico Magistretti 1968 Italy
By Artemide, Vico Magistretti
Located in Vienna, AT
Space Age vintage armchair model Gaudi by Vico Magistretti from plastic in yellow color tone for Artemide 1968, Italy. The wonderful armchair model Gaudi in the rare color tone lemo...
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1960s Italian Space Age Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Plastic

Kartell Maui Swivel Chair Adjustable in Pale Blue by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Plastic

Kartell Maui Soft Trevira Armchair in Orange by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Steel

1970s 2-Seater Maralunga Sofas by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Iconic Mid-Century Modern pair of Italian "Maralunga" two-seater sofas / armchairs by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. This pair features their original knitted wool upholstery in iv...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Wool

Vico Magistretti for Cassina Set of Six Early '905' Armchairs in Red Leather
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vico Magistretti for Cassina, set of six '905' armchairs, black lacquered wood and red leather, Italy, 1964. Designed by Vico Magistretti and produced by Cassina, this set of chai...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Wood, Leather

Vico Magistretti for Cassina Pair of ‘Carimate’ Lounge Chairs
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vico Magistretti for Cassina, pair of ‘Carimate’ lounge chairs, lacquered beech, boucle, Italy, designed circa 1960 The ‘Carimate’ lounge chair is one of Vico Magistretti’s most fam...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Wood

1970s Pair of 2-Seater Maralunga Sofas by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Iconic Mid-Century Modern pair of Italian "Maralunga" two-seater sofas / armchairs by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. This pair features their original knitted wool upholstery in ivor...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Wool

Vico Magistretti for Cassina Pair of ‘Carimate’ Lounge Chairs
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vico Magistretti for Cassina, pair of ‘Carimate’ lounge chairs, beech, boucle, Italy, designed circa 1960 The ‘Carimate’ lounge chair is one of Vico Magistretti’s most famous chai...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Wood

Set of Three Vico Magistretti Lounge Chairs "Gaudi"
By Vico Magistretti, Artemide
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of three lounge chairs designed by Vico Magistretti. Modell "Gaudi". Manufactured 1970 bei Artemide, Milan Italy. Maker mark. Glass fiber reinforced plastic. Color: green. Plasti...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Plastic

Set of Four "Golem" Chairs by Vico Magistretti for Poggi
By Poggi, Vico Magistretti
Located in Milan, IT
Set of four SD51 Golem chair by Vico Magistretti for Poggi. Sinuous long backrest, lacquered frame and leather covering.
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1960s Italian Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

3-Seater Maralunga Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Iconic Mid-Century Modern "Maralunga" 3-seater sofas / armchairs by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. This example features green-grey velvet with colored pattern. While the fabric ho...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Velvet

Vico Magistretti Armchairs 'Villabianca' for Cassina
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vico Magistretti for Cassina, "Villabianca" dining chairs, leather and wood, Italy, 1985 Designed by Vico Magistretti and produced by Cassina, this large set of armchairs shows st...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Maralunga Armchairs by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, Italy, 1960s
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Roma, IT
Maralunga armchairs is an original design furniture item realized by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in Late 1960s. Iconic pair of Armchairs with a structure in teel and Upholster in...
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1960s Italian Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Metal

Pair of Lacquered Wood Armchairs Model "Carimate"by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of mid-century lacquered wood armchairs model "Carimate" by Vico Magistretti - Italy 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Vico Magistretti 905 Armchair for Cassina, Italy, 1960s
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in Milan, IT
Vico Magistretti 905 armchair for Cassina, Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Chair "Carimate" Design Vico Magistretti for Artemide First Series, 1960
By Vico Magistretti, Artemide
Located in taranto, IT
"carimate" chair, design by Vico Magistretti for Artemide, original from the 1960s, black wooden structure, seat upholstery in red / purple state railway velvet, first class compartm...
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1960s Italian Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Bentwood

Pair of Red Vicario Lounge Chairs Design by Vico Magistretti Made by Artemide
By Vico Magistretti, Artemide
Located in London, GB
A pair of original armchairs or lounge chairs named "Vicario" in a deep red plastic by renowned Italian Designer Vico Magistretti from 1969. Manufactured by Artemide. Stamped to base...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Plastic

Vico Magistretti Pair of "Veranda" Lounge Chairs for Cassina, 1983
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Paris, FR
Interesting and rare Pair of "Veranda" armchairs designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in 1983. The armchair is adjustable in many positions. Original white leather and black lacq...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Maralunga Vintage Leather Armchairs by Vico Magistretti
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Milano, IT
Stunning pair of vintage Maralunga armchairs designed by Vico Magistretti for the fine Italian manufacturer Cassina in the 1970s. There are two vintage armchairs, with one seat each...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Leather

Kartell Maui Soft Trevira ArmChair in Red by Vico Magistretti
By Vico Magistretti, Kartell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Kartell Maui Swivel Chair Adjustable in Anthracite by Vico Magistretti
By Vico Magistretti, Kartell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Plastic

Bistrò - Armchair with the Wengé Backrest, Soft and Round Seat
By Vico Magistretti
Located in New York, US
Sitting with a cup of coffee at a bistro table: Vico Magistretti’s idea was to design seating that was more comfortable than a chair, but less formal than an armchair. Bistro has sof...
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Early 2000s Italian Other Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Aluminum

Kartell Maui Soft Trevira Armchair in Blue by Vico Magistretti
By Vico Magistretti, Kartell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Kartell Maui Swivel Chair Adjustable in Navy Blue by Vico Magistretti
By Vico Magistretti, Kartell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Plastic

Set of 2 Kartell Maui Soft Trevira Chair in Orange by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Plastic

Set of 2 Kartell Maui Soft Trevira Chair in Teal by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Plastic

Set of 2 Kartell Maui Soft Trevira Chair in Red by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Plastic

Set of 2 Kartell Maui Soft Trevira Chair in Acid Green by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Plastic

Set of 2 Kartell Maui Soft Trevira Chair in Blue by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Set of 2 Kartell Maui Soft Trevira Chair in Beige by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Kartell Maui Swivel Chair Adjustable in Purple Red by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Plastic

Kartell Maui Soft Trevira ArmChair in Teal by Vico Magistretti
By Kartell, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Maui chairs form a family with a rich variety of colours and shapes, both hard and soft, capable of satisfying specific needs, at home or in professional environments. Thanks to ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Lacquered Wood Armchair Model "Carimate" by Vico Magistretti, Italy, 1960s
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Brussels, BE
Lacquered wood armchair Model "Carimate" by Vico Magistretti - Italy 1960s
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Wood

De Padova Serbelloni Office Chair Leather Italy 1990s
By C.R.S. De Padova, Vico Magistretti
Located in Milano, IT
90s executive office chair with enveloping leather seat, five-star metal base with wheels.
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Metal

Space Age Vintage Two Duo Brown Plastic Armchairs Vico Magistretti 1968 Italy
By Vico Magistretti, Artemide
Located in Vienna, AT
Space Age vintage two duo brown armchairs from plastic model Gaudi designed by Vico Magistretti for Artemide 1968, Italy. An iconic design armchair from plastic in chocolate brown co...
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Late 20th Century Italian Space Age Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Plastic

2000s Maralunga Vico Magistretti for Cassina Armchairs and Ottoman, a Set of 3
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Farmington Hills, MI
We are very pleased to offer an iconic pair of Maralunga chairs designed by Italian industrial designer Vico Magistretti for Cassina Italy, circa the 2000s. The pair showcases a crea...
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Early 2000s European Mid-Century Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Fabric

Vico Magistretti 'Carimate' Chairs - Made in Italy, 1960's
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Rochester, NY
Vico Magistretti pair of model 'Carimate' dining chairs / armchairs in very good original black lacquered beech frames and natural woven rush seats. Made in Italy, circa 1960's. Look...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Rush, Beech

Mid Century Modern "Maralunga" Brown leather Armchair by Vico Magistretti,
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brussels , BE
Mid Century Modern "Maralunga" Brown leather Armchair by Vico Magistretti, Cassina
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Pair of Red Vicario Lounge Chairs Design by Vico Magistretti Made by Artemide
By Vico Magistretti, Artemide
Located in London, GB
A pair of original armchairs or lounge chairs named "Vicario" in a deep red plastic by renowned Italian Designer Vico Magistretti from 1969. Manufactured by Artemide. Stamped to base...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Plastic

Italian Midcentury Mod. Loden Armchair by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1960s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian midcentury Mod. Loden armchair by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1960s. Solid wood structure entirely re-polished, with original fabric on a white background and multicolore...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Set of 6 model 'VM3' Vico armchairs by Vico Magistretti for Fritz Hansen, 1990s
By Fritz Hansen, Vico Magistretti
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This is a very nice set of 6 dining chairs designed in 1994 by Vico Magistretti for Fritz Hansen. The chair has a molded and blackened maple wood veneer seat with a black soft leathe...
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1990s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Steel

1960s "896" Vico Magistretti Cassina Italian Design Armchair
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brescia, IT
Ice white leatherette and wood legs Rare model Excellent condiction.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Louisiana Armchair by De Padova Leather Foam Italy 1980s
By Vico Magistretti, ICF De Padova
Located in Milano, IT
Armchair with footrest, foam padding, leather and hide upholstery. Good conditions, with small signs of usage.
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Foam

Couple of De Padova Incisa Armchairs Leather, Italy, 1990s
By C.R.S. De Padova, Vico Magistretti
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of 90s office chairs with enveloping leather seat, four-star metal base.
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Metal

"Maralunga" Lounge Chair for Cassina Designed by Vico Magistretti Italy 1970s
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Set of two stunning Maralunga lounge chairs design by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in light brown leather Compasso d'oro reward winner Overall in good condition just few scratche...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Vico Magistretti armchairs for sale on 1stDibs

Vico Magistretti armchairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of Plastic and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Vico Magistretti armchair collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 31 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 17 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original Vico Magistretti armchairs were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. Many customers also consider armchairs by B & B Italia, Giancarlo Piretti and Afra & Tobia Scarpa.. The prices for Vico Magistretti armchairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $590 and tops out at $8,950, while pieces like these can sell for $1,889.

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