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Vico Magistretti for Cassina "Maralunga" Sofa in Blue Fabric

$2,287.98

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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 damage. The fabric looks like blue satin-cotton fabric with beige appliqué ornaments. With warm and reassuring shapes, where the possibility of movement of the backrest, the soft appearance and the padding enhance the comfort giving rise to multiple interpretations. The sofa is the famous Maralunga model, known for its rabbit-eared backrest, i.e. adjustable at will. In fact, the backrest is curved by an internal mechanism and can be easily adjusted upwards to allow the guest to rest his or her head. The feet are created from a single black hard plastic shell. The sofa is ideal for designer living rooms and for those who love absolute comfort.

Details

  • Creator
    Vico Magistretti (Designer),Cassina (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28.35 in. (72 cm)Width: 61.42 in. (156 cm)Depth: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Seat Height: 17.33 in. (44 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Wear consistent with age and use. In very good condition.
  • Seller Location
    Milano, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4911227365602

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    Ships From: milano, Italy
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About the Designer

Vico Magistretti

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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