Vico Magistretti began designing at the end of the 40s, but spent most of the 50s involved in architecture. He then returned to design (by far the majority being furniture) at the end of the 50s and has continued since then. He was educated in a time of architectural rationalism and so was taught to think logically, a lot of importance being placed on using architecture to solve social problems. In particular; the use of pre-fabrication was advocated. He was always more involved in industrial design for mass production than in one off pieces, but unlike some similar products, he designed his furniture to last. This all leads to his designs tending to be simple but effective solutions to a problem. However, he kept them quite informal by adding a bit of fun; perhaps this was a natural reaction against the austerity of wartime conditions. Although this is all true, he managed to make his designs innovative and stylish with elegant lines and quality finishes. Magistretti remained consistent in his approach to his work, but continued to react to current trends and issues and was always willing to test new materials and come up with new solutions. His designs have contributed significantly to the success of Italian design.Designed between 1995 and 1996, the Maui chair was the focus of design research in the nineties and is the first of a new generation of monocoque chairs made of a material without veins or ribs, metal supports, or any reinforcing frame to support the back. In 2012 Kartell gave it new appeal in style and price affordability and offered a fabric version (Kvadrat or Trevira) – with and without casters and arms – thus expanding the family rich in color and able to meet the specific needs of both contract and home sectors. The elegant lines and its practicality make the Maui chair an extremely versatile design, just as up-to-date today as it was yesterday.
|Maui Soft Armchair||25.98" H x 30.31" W x 17.72" D||5.7 lbs|
|Product Category:||Accent Chairs|
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Kartell Maui Soft Armchair
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In its 55 years of existence, Kartell has won prestigious international awards including 9 Gold Compass awards. Today Kartell exports 75 percent of its products to 85 countries worldwide. Lasting success and a daring challenge on the market combine with the continual desire to innovate and reinvent.