A book on Magistretti as architect and designer, seen through analysis of the works that reflect important aspects of the cultural debate in Italy after World War II.
[Vico Magistretti. Architect and designer] Magistretti the architect, from the mid-1950s to the beginning of the following decade, creates works that reflect his controlled compositional experimentalism; Magistretti the designer creates objects that are now part of the history of contemporary design. His many successes have meant that Magistretti is identified with the figure of the Milanese professional, an “idealtype” seen with particular affection by critics and historians, as Fulvio Irace and Vanni Pasca note. The book – featuring historical photographs, design panels and working sketches – retraces the multi-faceted activity of Magistretti, which embodies an important part of the history of the Lombardy capital, the history of Italian contemporary architecture, and that of the professions and intellectual work in Italy after World War II.