Fondazione studio museo Vico Magistretti was set up in 2010 and it is dedicated to the Milanese architect and designer who contributed to create and spread internationally the Italian Design between the sixties and the nineties of the last century.
It is an equity foundation organised and headed by Susanna Magistretti, the architect’s daughter, which the Triennale Design Museum of Milan belongs to as the official founder and also Artemide, De Padova, Flou, Oluce and Schiffini in the role of founders.
The foundation’s main organisms are the Board of Directors and Scientific Committee.
Fondazione Vico Magistretti sets out to safeguard and enhance the archive and with it Vico Magistretti’s work, but, above all, it aims to be “a permanent non-profit institute serving society and its development, open to the public, which carries out research into tangible relics of man and his environment, acquiring, conserving, communicating and exhibiting them for the purposes of study, education and pleasure”, thereby conforming to the definition of a museum set down by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).
More specifically, the foundation aims to serve the general public by displaying not just artefacts designed by the architect but also the design process which led to their creation through archive documents.
Lastly, the museum sets out to promote Italian architecture and design, both nationally and internationally, by working in conjunction with other organisations on the Milan circuit, first and foremost the Triennale di Milano.
The foundation has its headquarters in the studio at 20 of via Conservatorio, in the historical center of Milan, where Vico worked for all his career and where it is still preserved the extraordinary archive and heritage of projects and objects.
Those who enter the studio today immediately “meet” Magistretti (in a video montage of several interviews done during the last decade of his career), who talks about himself in a sort of familiar and professional autobiography; he speaks about his own Milano, where he was born and where he lived, he speaks about friends, colleagues, about his idea of design, about his rich relationships with the companies he has worked with over decades of extraordinarily intense project activities.
Fondazione studio museo Vico Magistretti houses design and architecture exhibitions and organises guided tours, talks and meetings on the exhibitions themes as well as workshops and educational activities for schools.