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Miniature Selene

By Vitra

£105.00

  • Description

    Each Vitra miniature is true to the original in construction and materials, and reduced in size on a scale of 1:6. Each miniature is packaged in a wooden box, accompanied by an informational booklet. Production notes: Each of the delicate objects are made by hand; on average, each miniature requires five hours of careful manual work. Ongoing quality control ensures that every miniature corresponds to its larger original in terms of finishing, details and materials.

    A number of spectacular designs ushered in the heyday of plastic furniture in the 1960s. In comparison to the designs of contemporaries, who turned to Pop Art for inspiration, the furniture and lighting objects created by Milanese architect Vico Magistretti are notable for their restrained formal idiom.
    Magistretti's stackable one-piece plastic chair »Selene« was commissioned by Ernesto Gismondi, the owner of the company Artemide. Its most remarkable feature is the design of the legs: the S-shaped curves increase tensile strength while permitting an unusually slim and elegant silhouette.

  • Technical Info

    H8.7 x W12.6 x D7.9 cm

    Material: Polyurethane resin.

  • Designer
    Vico Magistretti

    Vico Magistretti was an architect and industrial designer celebrated as the dean of Italian modernism. Born in Milan, Italy on October 6th, 1920. Magistretti studied in Italy and Switzerland during the second World War and graduated from the Politecnico University in Milan in 1945. He started work in the studio of his father, who was an architect and soon came under the influence of the architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers.
    In 1959 he took part to the "Congres Internationaux d' Architecture Moderne" (CIAM) in Otterlo, Netherlands where he presented radical projects alongside other Italian architects (BBPR, Gardella, De Carlo...). Magistretti took part to the extraordinary experimental neighborhood on the edge of Milan (knows as QT8), where a group of emerging architects and planners were given complete freedom. This work stands out even today for the humanistic qualities of the architecture, and for its green space. It was in the 1950s that Magistretti focused on industrial design. In collaboration with the entrepreneurs and craftsmen, Magistretti saw possibilities for a new series of well-designed, mass-produced goods. In 1956 he contributed to the founding of ADI, the Italian Industrial Design Association.
    Magistretti taught for 20 years at the Royal College of Arts, where he was nominated as a Royal Designer. He has also been a Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Incorporation of Architects. He was appointed as a member of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome and of the Comitato Scientifico of the Politecnico University in Milan.
    On September 19th, 2006 Vico Magistretti passed away in Milan, Italy.

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  • Delivery

    4-6 weeks

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