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Cirene Chair

Vico Magistretti 1999

Designer Vico Magistretti relied on the relationship between line and material as the foundation for this sophisticated design. The gentle curves of the molded plywood shell are accentuated by the X-shaped chrome-plated steel base, which is available with or without arms. Cirene stacks 10-high for compact storage, perfect for cafeterias and breakout areas.


  • color Clear Maple/Maple/Rotary Maple
  • color Wenge - stained oak
  • color White
  • color Charcoal
  • color Tweed - Basket weave, cross-dye
  • color Black - Basket weave, cross-dye
  • color Ash - Basket weave, cross-dye
  • color Navy - Basket weave, cross-dye
  • color Orange - Plain weave, cross-dye
  • color Red - Plain weave, cross-dye
  • color Blue - Plain weave, cross-dye
  • color White
  • color Black
  • color Brown
  • color Chrome, Polished


Additional Info

Construction and Details
  • Available with or without arms. Arm chair features black polypropylene molded arm pads
  • Molded plywood shell in melamine, smooth paint, or natural veneer
  • Non-upholstered chairs stack 10 high on the floor and 8 high on optional dolly
  • Frame is tubular steel coated in polished chrome finish
  • Optional full upholstery can be specified in select Trevira textiles, basket weave cross-dye fabrics, and leather
    • For upholstered version, shell is covered with a pad and the fabric or leather cover is attached with Velcro on the underside of the chair. The cover is not removable
    • Upholstered chairs do not stack
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • Magistretti Cirene Chair is certified Clean Air GOLD


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.