The versatile Italian architect Vico Magistretti is mostly known as a designer. Vico Magistretti designed a large number of furniture pieces, lighting artifacts, ceramics and objects made of polypropylen. Vico Magistretti's designs invariably combine sculptural elegance with technical sophistication. Vico Magistretti began his studies at the Champ Universitaire Italien in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he took architecture and urban planning courses. Between 1940 and 1945 Vico Magistretti studied at the Milan Polytechnic School, where he obtained his degree in architecture.
Vico Magistretti built private dwellings, office buildings, churches and hotels. From 1946 Magistretti worked as a freelance designer for companies such as Artemide, Cassina, Conran, De Padova, Flou, FontanaArte, Fritz Hansen, Kartell, Knoll, O-Luce, Schiffini and Campeggi.
From the 1960s onwards Vico designed several furniture pieces and plastic objects. His Telegono lampshade dates back to 1968.
For a design solution to be long-lasting and of the highest quality, Vico felt that it had to be both beautiful and useful.
From 1980 onwards he taught at the Royal College of Art in London, becoming an honorary member in 1983 and a senior member in 1996.