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Vico Magistretti.

| Designbest editorial staff

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he pending celebrations and countless initiatives planned for celebrating 100 years since the birth of Vico Magistretti – the architect, visionary, world class designer in the language of contemporary home design and a key figure in so-called Italian Design – can (in this incredibly complicated year) finally take off. We went to check out one collection coming from one of those “miraculous” meetings, as Magistretti himself defined it, between the genius designer and the forward-thinking manufacturer. A unique and special meeting that made it possible to make create furniture and objects that would enter into design history.

It started at the end of the eighties when Maddalena De Padova – the exceptional editor with an instinctive, almost infallible aesthetic sense, capable of mixing state-of-the-art pieces with traditional and ethnic objects in the renowned showroom in Corso Venezia (Milan)—decided to give life to a new line of products: the Edizioni DePadova, which later became “è DePadova”. To collaborate on the project, Maddalena De Padova called on important names like Achille Castiglioni, Dieter Rams and also (especially) Vico Magistretti.

From this partnership, between 1987 and 2002, a series of products would go on to be made including the Vidun table (1987), the Silver (1989) and Incisa (1992) chairs, and the Louisiana armchair (1993). Pieces that are now “classics” and still in production, where one finds the perfect equilibrium between innovation, originality and references to tradition dedicated to aesthetic simplicity, without useless and redundant decoration, always sought by Vico Magistretti.
We want to remember him through his iconic pieces, the sketches on the first piece of paper he found on his table, and also in a more private moment during a trip together with Maddalena De Padova.

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