Vico Magistretti. Between Milano and the world

Thursday, October 5th, at Palazzo dell'Arte, Fondazione Vico Magistretti and Triennale Milano present the first international conference - curated by Nina Bassoli, Gabriele Neri, Marco Sammicheli - on the work of the Milanese architect and designer, in order to stimulate a new wave of studies to update the horizons of research, in Italy and abroad, with an international perspective.

After the major exhibition Vico Magistretti. Architetto milanese that in 2021 paid tribute to the architect retracing his entire design career in a unified manner, the Conference is a new and different occasion to stimulate and update some of the countless themes and paths of research yet to be explored about his work.

At the end of the sessions, the panel discussion Vico Magistretti and the Italian project in the world. New perspectives is expected to be not only an opportunity to review and draw conclusions of the day but also an occasion of comparison and analysis on perspectives, developments, trajectories and meanings of the Italian project.

The intervention of NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in the context of the panel discussion falls in this direction, thanks to the new Academic Master in Italian Design which will be specifically dedicated to research on the historical identity and the possible directions of development of the Italian design, and whose activation is scheduled for October 2024 in the Milan campus.

The Conference ends with the keynote lecture by the german designer Konstantin Grcic, Vico's student at the Royal College of Art in London.

The conference is open to the public. Registration here:

h. 09:30am
Margherita Pellino, Fondazione studio museo Vico Magistretti; Nina Bassoli, Triennale Milano; Gabriele Neri, Politecnico di Torino; Marco Sammicheli, Triennale Milano

h. 10am / 1.00pm
FIRST SESSION From Switzerland to the Mediterranean

h. 10am
Matteo Ocone (Università di Roma Tor Vergata), Vico: from refugee in the Italian University Camp in Lausanne to master of Italian Design

h. 10:25am
Maria Vittoria Capitanucci (Politecnico di Milano), Signals from Switzerland: prefabrication between 'style and industry'

h. 10:50am
Anna Santi (Politecnico di Milano), Genius loci: Magistretti and the CIAM

h. 11:15am
Gianluca Capurso (Università di Roma Tor Vergata), Lorenzo Grieco (Università di Roma Tor Vergata), Vico Magistretti and the design for the industry

h. 11:40am
Giuseppe Verterame (University of Parma), Magistretti and the Mediterranean

h. 12:30am
Vico Magistretti in Teheran, screening of the video made on the occasion of the Vico Magistretti exhibition at the Italian Residence in Tehran, curated by Mohammadreza Movahedi and supported by the Italian Embassy

h. 2pm / 3.30pm
SECOND SESSION Elective affinities: Vico in England and Japan

h. 2pm
Penny Sparke (Kingston University London), Vico Magistretti and England

h. 2.15pm
Davide Fornari (ECAL / Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne), From Milano to London and back. The Broomstick collection for Alias

h. 2.40pm
Satoru Kimura (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto), Tanimoto Chair designed in Japan by Vico Magistretti

h. 3.05pm
Viola Bertini (Sapienza Università di Roma), Cristian Sammarco (Sapienza Università di Roma), An Italian memory in Tokyo. Vico Magistretti and the other modernity

h. 3.30pm / 4.30pm

h. 3.30pm
Bibiana Borzi (Università di Catania), The words of the architect

h. 3.55pm
Matteo Pirola (IULM Università di Milano), Magister Magistretti. Teaching design around the world

h. 4.30pm / 5.30pm
PANEL DISCUSSION Vico Magistretti and the Italian project in the world. New perspectives
Giampiero Bosoni, Elena Dellapiana, Fulvio Irace, Luca Poncellini

h. 5:30pm / 5:50pm

h. 5:50pm / 6pm
Stefano Boeri, President of Triennale Milano
Susanna Magistretti, President of Fondazione studio museo Vico Magistretti

h. 6pm / 7pm