In the talk, Andresen talks to Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs about Vico Magistretti’s work and legacy.
Andresen identifies Magistretti as part of an elite group of Italians who achieved success in both furniture design and architecture in the 20th century. «Magistretti, [Achille] Castiglioni and Gio Ponti were probably the three that were most successful in in switching between architecture, furniture and interior,» he said in the video.
Magistretti completed the Vico chair, his first project for Fritz Hansen, in 1994 when he was 74 years old. He went on to design the first iteration of the Vico Duo chair in 1997.
According to Andresen, Magistretti designed Vico Duo «to have a little movement, a little speed in its design language,» visible in the chair’s streamlined zed-shaped armrests that are formed of the same piece of tubular steel as its back legs.
Andresen describes the designer’s visits to the Fritz Hansen headquarters in the final working years of his life, during which Magistretti sported a mellow disposition and demonstrated an appetite for challenge.Related storyDesigners need to focus on the afterlife of their products says Oki Sato
During the talk, Andresen also explained how Fritz Hansen has evolved from a one-man carpentry outfit in the nineteenth century into a major producer of design furniture.
He discussed some of the other 20th century designers that have worked with Fritz Hansen including Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjaerholm, as well as contemporary collaborators such as Nendo and Jaime Hayon.
Andresen also gave viewers a glimpse of the forest that surrounds Fritz Hansen’s recently revamped headquarters, and once provided the lumber to produce the brand’s furniture.
Explaining how Fritz Hansen retains a consistent identity across its collaborations with diverse designers with their own styles, Andresen says: «Designers do not work for us, they work with us.»
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