Vico Magistretti is regarded as one of the most outstanding Italian designers of the postwar years. After studying at the Politecnico di Milano, he worked as an architect in his father's company. A firm believer that ideas arise from dialogue, he was an acting consultant for many prominent design companies, including Artemide, DePavoda, Rosenthal, and Fritz Hansen.
Magistretti first became affiliated with Knoll in 1968, when the company acquired Gavina SpA, an Italian manufacturer which was producing Magistretti’s designs. The following year Knoll introduced Magistretti’s Caori table to its own collection. The collaboration was revived nearly forty years later with the introduction of his Cirene Chair in 1999 and the Silver chair in 2000.
Recognized throughout his long career, Magistretti’s numerous awards include the German Design Innovation Award, the Italian "ADI Design Index" and, most recently, the prestigious Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.