Vitra has manufactured furniture designs by Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson since 1957. Building on this foundation, Vitra has developed a wide range of furnishings for the office, for the home and for public spaces in collaboration with progressive designers. Yet Vitra is more than just a design-oriented manufacturing company. The name also stands for the Vitra Design Museum, for a collection of modern furniture and its accompanying archive, for workshops and publications on topics of design, and for an architectural concept that unites buildings by Frank Gehry, Nicholas Grimshaw, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA at the Vitra Headquarters in Birsfelden (Switzerland) and on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein (Germany).
Product longevity is central to Vitra's contribution to sustainable development; short-lived styling is avoided at all costs. This can be seen most clearly in the classical pieces of furniture that have been used for decades, had several owners and have then even ended up as a part of a collection. For Vitra, the manufacture of sustainable products means intense pre-production development, where the highest-grade materials are selected and tests are carried out that simulate 15 years of use. In order to enforce and monitor sustainable development in all business activities of the company, a work group was formed in 1986 by the name of 'Vitra and the Environment'. Because of this, Vitra can proudly claim that it has been dedicated to sustainability for nearly a quarter of a century.
(1920 - 2006)
Vico Magistretti was an Italian industrial designer, known as a furniture designer and architect. He graduated from the Politecnico di Milano University in 1945 and became a follower of Ernesto Nathan Rogers. He initially worked in urban design in Milan. In the 1950s he moved into the field of mass-produced furniture and lamps working for companies such as Artemide, Cassina, De Padova, Flou, Fritz Hansen, Kartell, Schiffini and others.
Vico Magistretti's works have been shown in some of the most important museums in Europe, the United States, and Japan and are included in many permanent exhibitions around the world. He received many awards, including the Gold Medal at the 1951 Trienniale, the Grand Prix at the 1954 Trienniale, two Compasso d'Oro awards in the years 1967 and 1979 as well as the Gold Medal of the Chartered Society of Industrial Artists and Designers in 1986.View other products by Vico Magistretti