The “Red Cloud” bookcase by Vico Magistretti: good design is never off the shelf

Vico Magistretti, libreria Nuvola Rossa - Red Cloud bookcase

Vico Magistretti (1920-2006) created the “Red Cloud” bookcase for Cassina – a furniture manufacturer in Lombardy, and great supporter of beautiful Italian design – in 1977.

In the same year, the Milanese architect and designer explained – during an interview for one of Italy’s major newspapers, “Corriere della Sera” – that he had “always liked things made out of nothing, almost like concepts expressed in space, with the least possible materials and apparently effortless.”

“Red Cloud” is indeed an essential and streamlined bookcase, featuring a foldable, beech wood structure and removable central shelves.

In the same “Corriere” interview, Magistretti added he was convinced “a well-designed object must last forever, beyond trends”. His design for “Red Cloud” was never off the shelf; but now, almost forty years later, we can certainly say it is made to last.

February 2, 2015