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Maralunga Sofa

c. 1973

by Vico Magistretti
for Cassina

Maralunga Sofa

by Vico Magistretti
for  Cassina

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Since its debut in 1973, the Maralunga sofa by Vico Magistretti has been updated with new propor­tions to become even more elegant and comfort­able than before. The Maralunga series features an armchair, ottoman, and sofas avail­able as a two-seater or three-seater options. Each sofa size is avail­able in the classic or Maxi, which features a larger depth. The Maralunga S sofas are equipped for conve­nience thanks to easily remov­able uphol­stery covers that make clean­ing a breeze. 

Instead of the typical, expected treat­ment of back cush­ions resting upon or behind the seat cush­ions, Magistretti envi­sioned a seat back that would liter­ally fold over to create back cush­ions that appear to visu­ally levi­tate above each seat cushion. When not employed as such, the back­rest can be unfolded to create an erect tall cradle func­tion­ing as neck support for lounging.

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Vico Magistretti

Italy (1920–2006)

An industrial designer, furniture designer, architect and urban planner, Vico Magistretti was born in Milan. Heavily influenced by the humanist work of his mentor, Ernesto Nathan Rogers, combined with the rebuilding needs after World War II, Magistretti built with human scale in mind. His architectural work includes his involvement in the experimental neighborhood of QT8, where he designed a round church. His product design abilities led him to collaborations with Artemide, Cassina, De Padova, Flou, Fritz Hansen, Kartell and Schiffini.

Magistretti’s decades-long collaboration with Cassina was built on experimentation, idea promotion, and working directly with artisans and producers. Magistretti stated, “from the beginning…we worked together, in a way that is unique in the world…we discussed projects together from the start. I never produced finished designs…the design grew out of discussions, after looking at the technology available, the machines which the company used.” His work is still produced by Cassina to this day, including the Claritas Floor Lamp and the Maralunga 40 sofa.

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