An image of QT8 An image of QT8, Milan

The project was titled QT8. Architects and designers were given complete creative freedom, amongst them was Vico Magistretti. As part of the extraordinary experimental, Magistretti created the "poetic" round church - which remains an important part of QT8's cityscape.

At the start of his career, Magistretti had established himself as a pioneer for Italian Design. His early works married together pop-art colors with qualities of Scandinavian design - all with his Italian touch.

magistretti-s-eclisse Vico Magistretti

During the 1960s, and onwards, his work as an architect was almost totally focused on the issue of housing. He developed his own extremely expressive forms, which at times were met with criticism, however, his work in Lombardy made him a leading figure in Italian architecture and design.

He is considered as one of the founding fathers of Italian Design, a phenomenon which he himself described as ''miraculous,'' thanking his contemporary architects and manufacturers for working with him on his visions.

Manufacturers Magistretti worked with included Artemide, Cassina and Oluce.

e6ae2465-13b5-4f87-b687-8f26f7d26be9 Pair of "Eclipse" table lamps in lacquered aluminum. Designed by Vico Magistretti for Studio Atremide, circa 1966.

b274bde3-374e-451d-a3ff-a5e063f7cbb2 Vico Magistretti Mezza Chirnera floor lamps for Artemide

The designer's influence stretched outside of Italy. He once said about Greate Britain: ''Today’s real great enemy is vulgarity. I love Anglo-Saxon culture because it is free from it.'' In 1986 he received the prestigious gold medal awarded by SIAD, Society of Industrial Artists and Designers.

dfdaf069-cb1c-44bb-966f-3d9fe11d3234 Rare Italian 1960s Design 'Dalu' desk lamp by Vico Magistretti

Today, his design works are displayed in the MoMA permanent collection in New York, London's V&A Museum amongst many other.

Following Magistretti's passing in 2006, his studio, where Fondazione studio museo Vico Magistretti is located, was converted into a museum devoted to the study of his work, practice and philosophies.

All lamps featured design by Vico Magistretti are available to purchase at Decaso. Check out more here.

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