Vico Duo by Vico Magistretti: the reissue of a chair by the Milanese master born 100 years ago, inspired by the letter Z sketched on a piece of paper

Designed by Vico Magistretti, Vico Due is being reissued in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the master. He designed it in 1997 in the Fritz Hansen style office, where he wanted to develop his woodworking skills. “From the start, this chair was the result of a profound collaboration between Fritz Hansen and Vico Magistretti. In 1997, Magistretti was at the top of his career. This design is notable for a simplicity and strength that reflect the designer’s confidence,” says Christian Andresen, art director of the Danish company.

Beauty and functionality coexist in this stackable chair with a contemporary look and unique appearance thanks to the distinctive yet minimal form created by the joint between the arms and legs. The legendary Milanese architect and designer was inspired by a sketch of the letter “Z” that he drew on a piece of paper. The sign was then developed into a sinuous pair of armrests, formed from the same piece of tubular steel as the rear legs, which frame the simple line formed by the seat and back. In the renewed version, the addition of pads to the armrests ensures greater comfort, while the black paintwork of the tubular chromed steel structure adds a modern touch. A piece of furniture with a timeless design, perfect for the workplace and shared spaces.

At a glance

What is it?
Vico Duo is a stackable chair, available with or without pads on the armrests. Its versatility makes it suitable for domestic interiors, workplaces or hospitality spaces, such as bars, restaurants and hotels.
What is the design concept?
The chair combines beauty and functionality: a Z-shaped line drawn on a piece of paper inspired the armrests, which form a single piece with the rear legs.
How it is made?
The shell is in walnut, oak or black varnished plywood. The legs and armrests are in chromed or black powder-coated steel.
Where is it produced?
In Poland.
How is it manufactured?
By modeling plywood, for which Fritz Hansen is renowned.
What makes it special?
The restrained design and the profile marked by fine lines. The steel tubing of the Z-shaped armrests – the feature that characterizes it – continues into the rear legs.
What is it like?
Simple, sturdy, classic.