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on February 28, 2017
So it fell to a cold windy February when we finally set off to visit the Magis factory near Venice in Italy. Magis are one of those manufacturers who have such a diversity of products, coupled with really unusual designs meaning that you are always unsure what to expect when you get there.
Magis are based in Treviso, Italy and have a very wide portfolio of both plastic led and also traditionally made furniture from a range of designers. This provides a portfolio that is very interesting and varied. Certainly the factory offered up some interesting variations that we had not considered previously such as the new BRUT range from Konstantin Grcic and the rather fun Stanley chair from Philippe Starck.
What we did see was a small design led manufacturer that was passionate about their own identify and providing interesting products to market. Some of these solutions such as the rather artisan manufactured 'Officina' range show clear statement of following their own direction in terms of design but also their engagement with local specialists who can provide the expertise to deliver hand finished furniture at a high volume.
The diversity of products along with their commitment to working with some of the leading lights in furniture design has made us re-assess our understating of the Magis brand and we expect to feature more of their newer collections following Milan Design Week 2017.
See below for some photographs that we took whilst visiting Magis Design. Featuring an example of a manufacturing process, some new product features and some other things that we thought were interesting.
A metal worker manufacturing the 'Officina' product range.
Some stunning products on show. Left: 'Tyke' shelving. Right: 'Chair One 4 Star'
New addition for 2017: the 'Stanley' folding director's chair.
One of Magis' iconic statement pieces, the gorgeous 'Folly Bench'.
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