Kartell Maui chair designed by Vico Magistretti. Elegant lines, sober colors and practical use make the MAUI chair an extremely versatile project, capable of meeting the most wide ranging requirements of the office and residential market.
- Maui chairs form a family rich in chromatic and formal variations, capable of satisfying specific needs in communal spaces, such as offices, workshops, waiting rooms, cafés and restaurants, lecture and meeting halls, or in domestic environments, such as the dining room, the kids’ bedrooms and the study.
- The unitized polypropylene seat/back is fixed onto a chromed steel structure. Thanks to its design, the Maui chair is stackable up to 8.
Frame: tubular chromed steel
shell: smooth batch-dyed polypropylene.
- Size Description
Width 55 cm (21.5″)
Height 77 cm (30″)
Depth 52 cm (20.3″)
Seat height 45 cm (17.7″)
Vico Magistretti was born in 1920, in Milan. After taking his architecture degree in 1945, he immediately joined his father Piergiulio's firm. During the war, he met both Gio Ponti, at the Regio Politecnico, and Ernesto N. Rogers in Switzerland. In the post-war period he was actively involved in the reconstruction, both on the theoretical side through the MSA (Movement for Architectural Studies), of which he was one of the founders, and on the practical side with projects for INA-Casa and QT8. He also actively participated in the Milan Triennial Exhibitions, as supervisor of various sections, as well as winning a gold medal in the 9th edition of 1951, and the Grand Prize (Granpremio) in the 10th edition of 1954. Among his most important architectural work in Milan during this period we can cite the Torre al Parco (1953-56), the Corso Europa office building (1955-57) and the Piazzale Aquilea building (1962-64). There followed a number of villas, including Arosio house in Arenzano (1958), Schubert villa in Ello (1960), Bassetti house in Azzate (1960) and Gardella house in Arenzano (1953). Finally, the apartment building at Piazza San Marco in Milan dates back to 1969-1971. His more recent work includes: the Milan Faculty of Biology (1978-81), Tanimoto house in Tokyo (1985) and the Famagosta Bus Depot in Milan (1989). A prolific designer, he won the price ''Compasso d'Oro'' in 1967 for the Artemide Eclisse lamp, in 1979 for the Oluce Atollo lamp and for the Cassina Maralunga sofa. He also produced designs for De Padova, Fritz Hansen, Campeggi, Fontana Arte, Fredericia and Kartell. Since 1967 he has been a member of the San Luca Academy and the London Royal College of Art, where he was also visiting professor.