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Vico Magistretti Sofas

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
Maralunga 3 Seat Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in Chocolate Brown Leather
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A "Maralunga" 3 seat sofa designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. Original chocolate brown leather. The adjustable head rests are the defining feature of the Maralunga sofa. Source...
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Late 20th Century Italian Space Age Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Leather

Vico Magistretti for De Padova 'Davis' Sofa in Camel Upholstery
By ICF De Padova, Vico Magistretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vico Magistretti for ICF De Padova, ‘Davis’ sofa, wood, fabric, Italy, designed in 1977 This unique sofa is designed by the innovative and renowned Italian designer Vico Magistret...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Cassina by Vico Magistretti Maralunga Cream Leather Armchair and Footstool
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in 1973, the Maralunga sofa has become a true design icon. Upholstered in soft beige leather, the sofa features the signature a...
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1990s Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Leather

Vico Magistretti for Cassina "Maralunga" Sofa in Blue Fabric
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Milano, IT
Sofa designed by Vico Magistretti for the Cassina factory in the 1970s. The two-seater sofa is entirely upholstered in original fabric of the time in perfect condition, no rips or da...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Fabric, Cotton, Plastic

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 Sofas

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Wool

Maralunga Brown Leather Two Seater Sofa by Vico Magistretti, Vintage
By Vico Magistretti
Located in London, GB
Here is a vintage version of the leather Maralunga two-seater sofa, designed by Vico Magistretti in 1973. It remains with its original tan brown leather, still in good condition, wit...
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20th Century Italian Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Leather

'Veranda' 3-Seater Fabric Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This remarkable 'Veranda' three-seater sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina is quite a unique piece. The two side seats swivel on the fixed base to form a more intimate configuration...
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20th Century Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Steel

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 Sofas

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Wool

Maralunga Vintage Leather Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Milano, IT
Gorgeous vintage Maralunga sofas designed by Vico Magistretti for the fine Italian manufacturer Cassina in the 1970s. It is a vintage sofa, with three seats, and is fully upholstere...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Leather

Vico Magistretti ‘Fiandra’ Sectional Sofa in Patterned Upholstery
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vico Magistretti for Cassina, model ‘Fiandra’ sectional sofa, fabric, plastic, Italy, 1970s This striking sofa is designed by the Italian designer Vico Magistretti (1920-2006) fo...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Fabric, Plastic

Two-Seat Maralunga Leather Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in Voorburg, NL
A wonderful Maralunga sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. This beauty was designed in 1973 and quickly became a design Classic. Its clever design incorporates manipulatable back cu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Leather

1980's Original Fabric Maralunga Sofa
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Nijlen, VAN
This famous "Maralunga" sofa was designed by Vico Magistressti for the well known manufacturer Cassina. This sofa is a true design classic! It features the famous back cushions...
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1970s European Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Fabric

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 Sofas

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Velvet

"Maralunga" Cognac Leather Sitting Group by Magistretti for Cassina, Italy 1970s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Geneva, CH
Iconic "Maralunga" cognac leather 3 seater sofa + 1 armchair by Vico Magistretti produced by Cassina, Italy ca. 1970s Perfect condition, signed Cassina under the cushions. Foldable ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Leather

Cassina by Vico Magistretti Maralunga Sofa Beige Three Seater
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in 1973, the Maralunga sofa has become a true design icon. Upholstered in soft chequered beige fabric, the sofa features the sign...
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1990s Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Fabric

Vico Magistretti ‘Fiandra’ Sectional Sofa in Striped Upholstery
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Vico Magistretti for Cassina, ‘Fiandra’ sectional sofa, fabric, plastic, Italy, 1970s This subtle and modest sofa is designed by the Italian designer Vico Magistretti (1920-2006)...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Fabric, Plastic

Vico Magistretti Carimate Wood and Straw Seat Settee for Cassina, Italy 1960s
By Figli di Amadeo Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Milan, IT
Vico Magistretti Series "Carimate" two-seater settee for Cassina, Italy 1960s The Structure is an Original vintage piece; the seat has been rewoven professionally. An Iconic Piece...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Straw, Wood

Porto Venere Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1970s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Grey/blue striped original fabric wingback two seater sofa designed by Vico Magsitretti for Cassina. Very comfortable sofa thanks to the large backrests and adjustable side headre...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Fabric

Leather Veranda 3 Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by Vico Magistretti and produced by Cassina in 1984, the Veranda 3 sofa comprises three connected lounge chairs. The two at the end swivel on their fixed base to form a more...
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1990s Italian Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Steel

Vico Magistretti Original for Cassina "Maralunga" Grey Leather Italian Sofa
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Madrid, ES
Maralunga sofa designed by Vico Magistretti (1920-2006) for Cassina in 1973. Magistretti was an Italian Industrial designer and architect. This is an original 1970s version, made of...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Steel

Vintage Veranda Two Seater Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1980s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Vintage red fabric veranda two seater sofa/daybed designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. Beautiful lively red colour and black lacquered metal frame. The chair is adjustable...
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1980s Italian Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Metal

Vico Magistretti, Maralunga Three Seater Sofa for Cassina, Italian Modern, 1970s
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in Odense, DK
A fine version of the iconic Maralunga sofa in original vintage fabric. The overall impression of this three seater couch is really good. It will complementary any modern home inter...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Modular Fiandra Sofa by Vico Magistretti, Cassina, Italy,1970
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Modular Fiandra Sofa by Vico Magistretti, Cassina, Italy,1970s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Fabric

Two Seaters Lacquered Wood Sofa Model "Carimate,"Vico Magistretti, Italy, 1970s
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern two seaters lacquered wood sofa model "Carimate" by Vico Magistretti - Italy 1970s - A pair available.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Wood

Vico Magistretti for Cassina "Fiandra" 3-Seat Leather Sofa, Italy, 1970s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Comfortable leather sofa by Vico Magistretti for Casina. Made and designed in Italy in the 1970s. Vico Magistretti was an Italian industrial designer and well known for his impre...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Leather

“Maralunga” 2seater Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1970s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in AMSTERDAM, NL
“Maralunga” 2seater Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. Also available: “Maralunga” Lounge Chair in this aubergine velvet fabric. Both in good condition.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Velvet

Vico Magistretti, Pastel Colored Sofa Model Veranda for Cassina, 1980s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Schagen, NL
This multicolored and adjustable sofa was designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, circa 1980s. This smart and highly desirable Italian design features seats that are upholstered wi...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

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 Sofas

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Leather

Cassina Maralunga Red Berry Leather Sofa by Vico Magistretti
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Munich, Bavaria
Cassina Modell Maralunga leather sofa It has a convertible headrest. The color is a red berry semianiline leather. Great patina. A classic Italian masterpiece with high comfort m...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Leather, Upholstery, Foam

Vico Magistretti Italian Midcentury Sofa from 1980s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in bari, IT
Vico Magistretti two-seat sofa model "veranda" for Cassina. The seat elements, whose padding is in polyurethane foam and polyester wadding covered in fabric or leather, have a foldi...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Raffles Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Depadova, 1988
By Vico Magistretti, ICF De Padova
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern raffles sofa by Vico Magistretti for Depadova, 1988 Raffles three-seat sofa, with original blue cotton upholstery and wooden structure with front legs on ...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Fabric

Cassina Maralunga Ensemble Leather Sofa and 2 Chairs and 1 Ottoman
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Munich, Bavaria
Cassina Modell Maralunga in Mint condition. The condition is like new. It was used only for several months. This set consist a 3-seat Sofa. 2 armchairs und 1 ottoman. The leather...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Leather, Upholstery, Foam

Italian Sofa and Armchair Mod. Loden by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1960s
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian sofa and armchair mod. Loden by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1960s. Solid wood structure with original white paint, with original fabric on a white background and multicol...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Vico Magistretti for Depadova Three-Seat Sofa Model Raffles
By DePadova 1, Vico Magistretti
Located in Vienna, AT
Vico Magistretti's tribute to be famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Dark-stained adjustable beech legs, frame in steel and wood with elastic straps, variable-density polyurethane foa...
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1980s Italian Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Upholstery, Beech

3-Seater Maralunga Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1970s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in amstelveen, NL
This Maralunga sofa was designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in 1973. It is an original version of the seventies. Reupholstered in a creme bouclé by Bisson Bruneel. With steel st...
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Bouclé

Maralunga 3-Seat Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in Purple Striped Fabric
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Halle, DE
Maralunga 3-seat sofa by vico magistretti for cassina, designed in 1973. This sofa features folding back rests / cushions that can be folded down, or folded up to provide the user wi...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Fabric

Leather Maralunga Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Vintage chocolate leather maralunga sofa designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in 1973. Iconic design sofa with a timeless look. The backrests are adjustable.. Very good ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Leather

"Maralunga" Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina- Italy, 1970s
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Brussels , BE
"Maralunga" sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina- Italy - 1970s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Leather

Italian Brown Velvet 3 - Seater Maralunga Sofa by Magistretti Cassina, 1970s
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Paris, ON
Maralunga three-seater sofa covered entirely in dark brown velvet. It has a steel structure consisting of two large lateral legs from which the armrests start, the back and the base ...
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1970s Italian Space Age Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Steel

Fiandra Modular Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in Dronten, NL
Fiandra sectional sofa designed by Vico Magistretti in 1975 and produced by Cassina, Italy. Can be used as separate modules as well, coupling pieces included. Reupholstered in ele...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vico Magistretti Sofas

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Wool, Foam, Plywood, Plastic

Vico Magistretti sofas for sale on 1stDibs

The Vico Magistretti sofas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. In our Vico Magistretti collection, there are many options to choose from, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 35 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original sofas by Vico Magistretti were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider sofas by Gianfranco Frattini, Marco Zanuso and Tobia Scarpa. Prices for Vico Magistretti sofas can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,966 and tops out at $26,488, while pieces like these can sell for $3,896 on average.

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