Born in Milan, Vico Magistretti graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and immediately started working in his father's studio, architect Piergiulio Magistretti.
The 1950s were a very busy and fruitful period for the young architect, who came up with lots of innovative ideas and, very quickly, emerged as one of the most brilliant exponents of the "third generation". In these years Magistretti designed two of his most significant buildings in Milan: the Torre al Parco in via Revere (1953-56, working with Franco Longoni) and the office block in corso Europa (1955-57).
Over the next years he began working a lot more as a designer as well as an architect, creating furniture and objects which will always be "classics" of modern-day production for important companies, such as: Artemide, Campeggi, Cassina, De Padova, Flou, Fontana Arte, Fritz Hansen, Kartell, Olivari, Oluce, Poggi, Schiffini Mobili Cucine, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna.
His design works are on display in MOMA’s permanent collection in New York and in lots of other museums in America and Europe.