Magis was established in 1976 in the north east of Italy, one of Europe’s most dynamic industrial areas. It was founded by Eugenio Perazza, “a businessman who asks clear design questions that already provide a significant part of the answer, particularly when carefully formulated together with a talented designer” (Giampiero Bosoni, Domus 941, November 2010).
Its success is based on the desire to provide a broad swathe of users with access to high functional and technological quality products for the home, developed in partnership with major international designers, with a vision of the resulting products that is ethical and poetic as well as aesthetic.
Stefano Giovannoni, Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Marc Newson, Ron Arad, Naoto Fukasawa, Marcel Wanders, Philippe Starck, Zaha Hadid and Thomas Heatherwick are just some of the designers that have worked with Magis, creating a vast collection of pieces, each with its own story to tell and its own character to express, be it in domestic settings or collective spaces.
Benedetta Mori Ubaldini
Before moving to Milan in 2005, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini lived and studied in London, taking Art and Design at Westminster College of Adult Education, and then Fine Arts at Middlesex University.
Benedetta works in many materials, but is best-known for her innovative and extraordinarily beautiful wire work. Each piece starts life as industrially produced, rolled “chicken” wire, which is gradually shaped by hand, twisting and joining the pieces together to give a seamless appearance.
As Benedetta herself states, “What I love is to fill large spaces with narratives, creating three-dimensional pictures, and I like them to be evocative, symbolic and poetic. The sculptures I create in chicken wire have no internal structure at all, therefore the interplay between presence and absence becomes the magical element of the work and gives each piece the lightness of an apparition, a ghost-like quality, like a trace from memory or images from a dream.